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Multicomponent Interventions with Community Mobilization Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Multicomponent interventions with community mobilization reduce alcohol-impaired driving, according to a systematic review published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. On the basis of strong evidence of their effectiveness, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommends the use of multicomponent interventions with community mobilization to reduce alcohol-impaired driving. These interventions can include some or all of a number of components, such as sobriety checkpoints, training in responsible beverage service, education and awareness-raising efforts, and limiting access to alcohol.

The Task Force—a non-federal, independent group of public health and prevention experts appointed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—based its findings on a systematic review of scientific studies. This review was conducted by researchers in CDC's Injury Center, with support from CDC’s Guide to Community Preventive Services scientists and in collaboration with federal and non-federal experts in research, practice, and policy. Review methods and findings are described in the article.

Shults RA, Elder RW, Nichols JL, Sleet DA, Compton R, Chattopadhyay SK, Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Effectiveness of multicomponent programs with community mobilization for reducing alcohol-impaired driving Adobe PDF File [PDF - 378 kB]. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009;34(4):360-71.

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