PRC Projects

Center Grant

Environmental Approaches to Prevention

In its 36th year of operation, the Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been funded by the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as an Alcohol Research Center. This current Center grant includes interrelated projects designed to enhance our understanding of the role that social and physical environments play in determining how people use alcohol and the kinds of problems they experience related to alcohol.

Communities all across the country are increasingly aware of the health and social problems related to alcohol use. Alcohol related traffic crashes, of course, are a visible and well-known consequence of the risky or inappropriate use of alcohol. Other alcohol problems also have costly and sometimes tragic consequences, including other accidental injuries, child abuse and neglect, violence, risky sexual behavior, addiction, and chronic disease. Throughout its history, PRC projects have focused on the reduction of alcohol-related problems through changing social environments.  PRC researchers recognize that the social environment has a major influence on individual behavior and can have a powerful impact on alcohol related problems.

In its current five-year grant, PRC is carrying out research to help us understand the mechanisms by which alcohol related problems develop and how they could be prevented.  The projects focus on five important topics: