Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Launches Prevention Web Page
Essential tool for Spring Break 2008
March 5, 2008
TALLAHASSEE- Spring Break has become infamous for parties and drinking, especially among the underage. According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 10.8 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 20 report current alcohol consumption. This year, in an effort to better protect underage youth from the dangers of alcohol abuse, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (Department) Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) has launched a new prevention Web page, http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/abt/resources/alcohol_resources.html. The Web page is a one-stop-shop for information regarding the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.
“As spring break begins, we are all reminded of the important role that prevention plays in our fight against underage drinking,” said Interim Secretary Chuck Drago. “Prevention is our first line of defense, and by creating this Web site we are hoping to make this important information more accessible for citizens.”
One of ABT’s core missions is to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage people through an extensive three tier approach including education, prevention and enforcement. In keeping with this mission, the Department is devoting more resources to the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, especially among the underage. The new Web page has been created as a resource center to help visitors find useful and educational information on how to prevent, cope with and eliminate alcohol and drug abuse.
The new Web page serves as a conduit for resources already available online and organizes them into categories for easy navigation. There is a section for teens, parents, law enforcement and concerned citizens, with information from organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Federal Trade Commission, and The Century Council. There are also downloadable materials such as posters and a brochure created by the Department for partners, vendors and educators.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses nearly one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.