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Program Type: Evidence Based Practice - Programs formally evaluated to be effective, sometimes called "Best Practices", that can be replicated and implemented, even with modifications in other settings

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA) is a community organizing program designed to reduce adolescent (13-20 years old) access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices. Initiated in 1991, CMCA has proven that effectively limiting the access to alcohol to people under the legal drinking age not only directly reduces a teen drinking, but also communicates a clear message to the community that underage drinking is inappropriate and unacceptable. CMCA employs a range of social organizing techniques to address legal, institutional, social, and health issues in order to reduce alcohol use by eliminating illegal alcohol sales to youth by retailers and obstructing the provision of alcohol to youth by adults.

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Name: Alexander C. Wagenaar, Ph.D.
Site or Location Name: Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA)
Alcohol Epidemiology Program, Communtiy Health Education, University of Minnesota, 1300 South Second, St., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 624-8370