Take Action

All of us can take action to reduce underage and binge drinking and be part of the solution. On this page, you can sign-up by finding one or more actions that you will commit to doing which will foster legal and safe alcohol use in your community. The Shared Future Coalition will report back with the results of our collective commitments. Take a look at the options below and find the actions which best suit your opportunities.

STEP 1: Choose Actions To Help Improve Our Community

Don't furnish alcohol to minors

Don't Furnish Alcohol To Minors

Whether you are at home, out camping, or floating the river, furnishing alcohol to minors is illegal and harmful to the young adult brain. Oregon State law dictates that convictions for furnishing alcohol to someone else’s minor can result in fines up to $1,000.00 and not less than 30 days of imprisonment.
Know brain science

Know Brain Science

Learn more about scientific discoveries about the teenage brain. Recent studies shed new light on age-old questions about the impact of alcohol on adolescent brain development.

No alcohol use teen policy

“NO USE” Teen Policy

Set aside some quality time to create “no-use” policy with your teen regarding drugs and alcohol. You are more influential in your teen’s behavior than you might realize.

The parent toolkit

Parent Toolkit

Whether your child is toddling through preschool, meandering through middle school or cruising through his ’20s -- here are tips to help guide him toward a healthy life at every age!

Parent pop quiz

Parent Pop Quiz

The next time your teen flies off the handle, try using "active listening" to get past the emotions and on to what's really bugging him/her.

Parenting newsletter

Parenting E-Newsletter

The Partnership at Drugfree.org regularly sends out helpful e-newsletters to support parents and grandparents. Sign up today!

Alcohol and the workplace

Alcohol And The Workplace

Out of millions who hold full time employment in the United States, close to fifteen million are heavy drinkers of alcohol, exacting a high cost on work organizations, as employees who drink a lot are often absent from work, suffer from a lot of health problems, and are at a greater risk of harming themselves and others.

Team Awareness

Team Awareness

Investigate “Team Awareness” – a best practice for the work environment – to see if it’s the right fit for your workplace.

Company events

Company Events

If your company hosts events for staff, offer non-alcoholic beverage options. If alcoholic beverages are provided, ensure responsible beverage service is practiced, include food for attendees, and make sure that over-service of alcohol is not allowed.
Support Alcohol Recovery

Support Recovery

Successful recovery from alcohol addiction is difficult. Be a supportive employer and work environment.

Learn more
Drug free workplace

Drug-Free Workplace Kit

A toolkit for employers to address drug abuse prevention in the workplace. Suggests a written policy, employee education, and supervisor training. Supplies brochures and fact sheets for every phase of implementation, including employee assistance.

SBIRT counseling


Use an evidence based screening tool in your medical practice such as SBIRT and employ consistent screening.

Medical experts

Medical Experts

Instigate pro-active conversations with parents of elementary through college aged youth about the medical consequences for underage and binge drinking.
Know the facts

Know the Facts

Learn about the trends in youth behavior by talking to a school counselor or reviewing local data. The Oregon Student Wellness Survey takes place every two years in the 6th, 8th and 11th grades. Here is a link to the 2012 results. Data is available by County and by school district, as well as statewide data.

Share the facts

Share the Facts

Post one strategic youth behavior data fact related to alcohol abuse in your company or school newsletter or principal’s letter to parents. Connect the data point to academic success, attendance, or other key educational priorities.
Faith Groups

Faith Group Support

Encourage small group discussion among parents of adolescents and young adults. Utilize small group tools from trusted organizations with experience supporting families with adolescents and young adults.
Recovery in Faith Communities

Recovery in Faith Communities

Make intervention and recovery services clearly accessible to the congregation, and promote the access of these services in order to remove the stigma attached with admitting there’s a problem and seeking help.
Rental Owners

Rental Owners

Review your rental policy to ensure that furnishing alcohol to minors is clearly addressed and aligns with legal responsibilities for renters. Remind renters of rules and consequences for unruly parties.
Speak Out

Speak Out

Youth voices are very powerful. Share your healthy living, and healthy choice perspectives and values. MOST YOUTH DON’T DRINK – be the voice of the majority!
Party Hosting

Party Hosting

Help your teen plan fun, engaging activities for the event. Provide consistent and thorough adult supervision at underage youth gatherings. Make sure that your NO ALCOHOL & DRUG policy is clear. Follow-through with consequences. Removing car keys does not remove risks associated with underage drinking.
Standard drink sizes

Standard Drink Sizes

Alcoholic drinks come in many sizes and the alcohol content varies greatly. Learn more about the standard drink sizes in order to better monitor your own alcohol consumption. Keep in mind that the microbrews in our region often have a higher alcohol content than beers from the larger national producers. According to the Oregon law, if a malt beverage contains more than 6% alcohol by volume, the alcohol content must be stated conspicuously on the container in terms of volume and the product may not be labeled as “beer”.

Define High Risk Drinking

Define High Risk Drinking

Learn more about high risk drinking, the impacts on our community and how you can foster the legal and safe use of alcohol in Deschutes County.

Cycling and Drinking Don’t Mix

Cycling and Drinking Don’t Mix

DUIIs are issued to cyclists who are intoxicated. Don’t drink and RIDE. Cycling while intoxicated endangers you, pedestrians AND motorists. Cycling while intoxicated is neither legal, nor a safe activity.

STEP 2: Let Us Know You're Taking Action!

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What Can You Do Every Day?

  1. Engage in prevention strategies which influence others such as:
    1. Educating peers and others in your spheres of influence about:
      • Costs of alcohol abuse and high risk drinking.
      • Scientific facts about impacts of alcohol on young adults and long-term health.
      • Impact to employers such as absenteeism, on-the-job accidents, low productivity, employee turn-over, etc.
      • Impacts on law enforcement and community crimes.
      • Medical costs related to both acute and chronic high risk drinking.
    2. Leveraging resources for prevention.
    3. Help create community norms which promote low-risk drinking.
    4. Social sanctioning of high risk drinking.
    5. Referral to treatment, parenting resources, alternative activities, etc.
  2. Incorporate prevention best practices into your individual decision making through actions such as:
    1. Do not condone or participate in high risk drinking (underage or binge drinking).
    2. Do not furnish alcohol to minors.
    3. Foster healthy norms regarding safe and legal alcohol use.

What Impact Can You Have?

Send your positive impact story to julie.spackman@deschutes.org.

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