Project Northland is based on the most rigorous alcohol-use prevention trial ever funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and was developed in a region of the country that led the nation in alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities. The program was designed by prevention researchers to delay the age when youth begin drinking, to reduce use among young people who have tried alcohol, to limit the use of other drugs, and to reduce alcohol-related problems.
How it works
Project Northland employs grade-specific tasks, exercises, and activities in a variety of highly engaging, interactive formats–such as comic books and posters–to reach young people at an age when they are most likely to try alcohol. Because this program includes important community components, it can be effectively implemented by schools as well as by community programs.
Project Northland is a CSAP-approved curriculum with proven outcomes. Overall, outcomes from an initial three-year test of the program show that, relative to the control group, students who participated in Project Northland demonstrated reduced levels of alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette use and displayed more resilient behaviors.
Students who participated in Project Northland:
- Showed reduced levels of alcohol use
- 30% lower weekly drinking
- 20% lower monthly drinking
- Engaged in significantly less cigarette and alcohol use over time
- 27% lower use of cigarettes by the end of eighth grade
- 27% lower use of alcohol by the end of eighth grade
- Demonstrated markedly lower drug use by eighth grade. Intervention group students who never drank alcohol at the beginning of sixth grade showed
- 50% lower marijuana use by the end of eighth grade
- 37% lower cigarette use by the end of eighth grade
Last updated: Sep 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm