South Boston CAN Reduce Underage Drinking

 Our mission is to examine the community’s relationship to alcohol and work with the community in defining and implementing strategies to reduce underage access and consumption of alcohol.

South Boston CAN Reduce Underage Drinking has a federal SAMHSA grant through the MA Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission.  Our goal is to reduce the access, demand and availability of alcohol to underage drinkers.  This is an environmental grant that works on changing the community’s relationship with alcohol in such a manner that we reduce the negative outcomes of:

  • Excessive community demand for alcohol
  • The unreasonable ease to access
  • The over abundant quantity of alcohol that is available

We use the Community Mobilizing for Change in Alcohol model to make changes in the environment, drinking patterns, first use, and underage drinking. Some of our action steps are:

  • “Family Friendly Zones” at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Removing the alcohol ads from the MBTA
  • Refusal Skill training with the South Boston youth summer employees
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • Social Hosting Information Session
  • Making partnership with the police, package store, youth to reduce alcohol public and underage drinking

For more information contact Kay Walsh, Project Coordinator 617-269-5160 x 126.