Foster to discuss commercial value of underage drinking

November 02, 2006

Alcohol abuse and addiction cost the nation an estimated $220 billion last year -- more than cancer and obesity. In an attempt to document how the financial stake of the alcohol industry conflicts with the nation's interest in the public's health, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released a report on this issue. Susan E. Foster, vice president and director of Policy Research and Analysis at CASA will discuss the report, titled "The Commercial Value of Underage Drinking and Pathological Drinking to the Alcohol Industry," from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Robb Hall, Hintz Family Alumni Center. The event is open to the public.

At CASA, Foster is responsible for research and policy analysis on the impact of substance abuse on America's systems and populations, and developing alternative policy strategies to achieve better results for those affected by substance abuse and for those who bear the costs.

Projects under her direction include studies of the link between substance abuse and state and local budgets, America's legal system, welfare, the family, women and girls, sports, eating disorders, college students and the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, and research on the commercial value of underage and pathological drinking to the alcohol industry.

She received a master of social work in social policy from Rutgers University and has authored publications on a broad range of public policy issues. Foster's visit is co-sponsored by The Partnership: Campus and Community United Against Dangerous Drinking and The Commission for Substance Abuse Prevention.

There are 90 businesses that sell alcohol within a five-mile radius of Penn State's University Parak campus and alcohol has been tied into a number of tragedies involving students and local residents in recent years. Outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, State College has had some of the highest DUI arrest figures in Pennsylvania and an increasing number of Penn State students have been taken to the emergency room at Mount Nittany Medical Center for alcohol overdoses.

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