Moving Forward: Policies and Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin:
Analysis and Recommendations for Addressing and Reducing Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin (December 2021)

Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) has issued a new report that includes 61 recommendations to help create a safe and healthier Wisconsin!  Recommendations are listed by organization type and describe specific ways individuals and groups at all levels can make informed decisions to create healthier communities.

You can download the full report here! 

Additional Resources including an overview of the report, procedural guidelines for alcohol licenses and information on Place of Last Drink (POLD) data can be found on the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project website.


Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC are in Dane County!

Delta 8 and Delta 10 are new, potentially harmful drugs that are made from the cannabis (marijuana) plant.  They are psychoactive drugs, which means that they affect how the brain works.  They can cause changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings or behavior.

These products are being sold online and in local stores in different forms including brownies, candy and gummies.  These products have NOT been researched by the FDA to determine if they are safe.

Download a fact sheet!

Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women:  A worrying trend.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the National Institutes of Health recently issued a report with new data on alcohol use by girls and young women ages 12-20.  Traditionally this age group has had lower alcohol use than their male counterparts, but this report  shows that young women are drinking MORE alcohol than same-aged males.  

Evidence suggests that mental health plays an important role in underage drinking, especially depression and anxiety.  Helping girls and young women recognize and handle difficult emotions may help them reduce or avoid alcohol use.

Drinking alcohol at a young age also has health consequences later in life including breast cancer.  Just one drink a day may increase breast cancer chances by as much as 5-9%.

Start the conversation with facts!  Download the SAMHSA fact sheet today!


American Academy of Pediatrics urges firm rules against teen drinking.

“The teen years are a critical time for brain growth, when connections responsible for emotional regulation, planning and organization are being formed and fine-tuned,” Joanna Quigley, MD, lead author of the policy statement, said.  Download the policy statement here.


Want to learn more strategies to address underage drinking?  Check out Partnership for Drug-Free kids FREE Guide to Underage Drinking   It’s not too early to start talking!  Kids who start drinking at 15 are 4 times more likely to have alcohol dependence later in life.

Something to think about:  Tobacco use in movies influence kids to start smoking

FDA finalizes enforcement policy on unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes that appeal to children, including fruit and mint.  Read the policy brief here!


Oregon Area CARES is ZOOMING!

We’ve taken our meetings virtual!  We meet the Second Thursday of each month, 11:30am- 12:30pm.

New to Oregon Area CARES and want to join the meeting?  Email us at and we’ll send you a link!