Alcohol Use Prevention

GUIDE has used data-driven, evidence-based strategies since 1986 to reduce and prevent the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by focusing on environmental strategies to achieve community-level change. GUIDE follows SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) for all strategic planning. In addition, we utilize local, state and national data to drive our decision making and planning.

GUIDE has focused significantly on reducing underage drinking since 2000 when we saw a substantial increase in teen drinking. Early on, we adopted the evidence-based program, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), and mobilized a community task force that implemented a number of critical environmental strategies. 


GUIDE’s Initiatives

GUIDE has a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to focus on underage drinking prevention in Gwinnett County. Through the DFC grant, we organize and support the Prevention Action Collaborative of Gwinnett (PAC-G), a coalition that brings community partners together to address substance use and suicide prevention across Gwinnett County. For more information or to join PAC-G, please email us at

GUIDE has a Partners in Prevention Project (PIPP) Grant from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to focus on alcohol use risk reduction in the LGBTQIA+ young adult community across the state. Through the PIPP grant, we organize a Community Prevention Alliance Workgroup (CPAW) of LGBTQIA+ young adults (18-25 years old) to help plan prevention projects and education across the state of Georgia.

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