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Text of the FY06 2006 Labor HHS Appropriations

Report on Underage Drinking Prevention

House Report Language:
(Within the Office of the Secretary)

“Underage drinking.--The Committee strongly supports the efforts by the Department to combat underage drinking particularly the efforts by the Interagency Coordinating Committee to Prevent Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) to develop a National strategy on underage drinking. More than 7,000 teens under the age of 16 take their first drink every day. According to the latest data from Monitoring the Future, one in five eighth-graders report drinking in the past month, and that rises to one in three for 10th-graders and one in two for 12th-graders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that, for the last year for which data were available, more than 4,500 persons under the age of 21 died as a result of excessive drinking. In addition, NIH has reported significant findings about the negative consequences of underage drinking on adolescent brain development. The Committee therefore includes within the total for the Office of the Secretary the third year of funding necessary to continue the Ad Council's parent-oriented National media campaign to combat underage drinking. Further, the Committee expects the public service announcement to be based on sound scientific research.”


Senate Report Language:
(Under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)

“The Committee recommendation includes $850,000 for the third year of the Ad Council's parent-oriented media campaign to combat underage drinking. Previous funding for the campaign was provided through the Office of the Secretary.”


(Under the Office of the Secretary)
“Childhood Drinking- In April 2004 the Secretary created, at the request of Congress, an Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking [ICCPUD], chaired by the Administrator of SAMHSA. Since then the ICCPUD has developed a draft plan for combating underage drinking which contained a complete listing of Federal programs related to underage drinking prevention. However, the Committee is concerned that the ICCPUD has not made more progress; it has not produced meaningful coordination among Federal agencies, identified effective and underperforming programs, or created a plan for improving Federal data collection. In addition, the ICCPUD has not identified the resources currently available for programs targeting underage drinking or made recommendations on the allocation of additional resources. Finally, the interim plan lacks measurable goals or benchmarks which would serve to monitor the progress and accountability of the ICCPUD's efforts. The Committee looks forward to the ICCPUD's final plan to be issued later this year and hopes that it will address these issues.”

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