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House Passes Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard’s STOP Act Which Will Continue to Help Combat Underage Drinking

House Passes Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard’s STOP Act Which Will Continue to Help Combat Underage Drinking

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Washington, D.C. , June 22, 2022 | comments
Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking, or STOP Act, Reauthorization. The bill was passed as part of H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022, omnibus legislation that will strengthen and expand more than 30 critical programs that collectively work to support mental health care and substance use disorder prevention, care, treatment, and recovery support services.
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“I am so pleased that the House has passed this critical reauthorization of my STOP Act.  Since its original passage, alcohol use by 8th, 10th and 12th graders has decreased to its lowest levels in thirty years.  Reauthorizing the STOP Act will continue this highly effective and comprehensive national effort to reduce underage drinking.”

This legislation is a reauthorization of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s original STOP Act which became law in 2006 and addressed the underage drinking epidemic in communities across America.  The legislation passed by the House today maintains and enhances the four areas of policy development contained in the original STOP Act, including, federal underage drinking prevention efforts; a national adult–oriented media campaign; grant-based community prevention coalitions and research and data collection of underage drinking statistics.


“Underage drinking, and the suffering and death it can cause, continues to be a serious problem in communities across our nation. Since the passage of the original STOP Act in 2006, we have witnessed a 12.7% decrease in alcohol use among 12-to-20-year-olds.  Yet, alcohol continues to be the most widely used substance among youth, accounting for 3,900 deaths and 225,000 years of potential life lost annually. This legislation continues to contribute to a historic public health initiative that will continue to combat underage drinking and save lives.”


The original STOP Act was initially based on a National Academies of Sciences and on a recommendation from the National Alliance to Prevent Underage Drinking (NAPUD) and represented an unprecedented collaboration between the advocacy community and all segments of the alcohol beverage industry.


Since 2006, the interventions in the original STOP Act have helped bring alcohol use by children coming of age to the lowest levels in over thirty years. “I am thankful that Congress reauthorized this historic legislation today, which maintains and enhances the important and effective work this legislation has made possible through the years. To America’s parents and guardians, please remember, you are not alone and there are resources available to you to provide the assistance needed to combat alcohol abuse among children.” 

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