There are many organizations against underage drinking. Here is a list of what appear to be grassroots groups. In fact, all of these groups were formed and supported by one group. It’s the temperance oriented Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).They’re part of its nation-wide program to influence alcohol policy. And to do it at both the state and federal levels. Here are the some of the “grassroots” groups. (UD = Underage Drinking.)
- PA Against UD.
- TX Standing Tall – A Statewide Coalition to Reduce UD.
- LA Alliance to Prevent UD.
- OR Coalition to Reduce UD.
- MO’s Youth/Adult Alliance Against UD.
- National Capital Coalition to Prevent UD.
- MN Join Together Coalition to Reduce UD.
- GA Alcohol Policy Partnership.
- Puerto Rico Coalition to Reduce UD.
- IN Coalition to Reduce UD.
- Partners to Reduce UD in NC.
- CT Coalition to Stop UD.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
To achieve its goal, RWJF has devoted years to developing and funding a large network. It consists of anti-drinking groups. Of institutes. Centers. And of people. In one period of four years, RWJF invested about $265,000,000. That’s over one-quarter billion dollars in this project.
These groups are useful in opposing alcohol. (Many would call them “front groups.”)
An example is the Georgia Alcohol Policy Partnership. As soon as Six Flags Over Georgia sought permission for restricted beer sales, it acted. The sales would only would be at certain times in its theatre. Sales would be nowhere else within the entire park. The proposal resulted from consumer demand and was an attempt to stay competitive. Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios all served beer for years throughout their parks without problems
In spite of this, the GA Alcohol Policy Partnership opposed even such limited alcohol sales. It claimed that it would lead to underage drinking. It was successful in its prohibition effort. This position appears to be motivated by a temperance agenda.
Organizations Against Underage Drinking
The RWJF has a network of temperance-oriented groups it supports with money. It includes these.
- Alcohol Justice (formerly the Marin Institute)
- Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth.
- Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
- A Matter of Degree.
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
- Center on Addiction
These are some of the major organizations against underage drinking. They focus on drinking itself rather than on the abuse of alcohol.