Teenage alcohol prevention program using real-world social and legal consequences

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Class Action is an alcohol-use prevention program developed for students grades 9-12 by Cheryl Perry and colleagues at the University of Minnesota in the US. Class Action uses real-world social and legal consequences of underage alcohol use to educate teenagers about the dangers of alcohol use, and change the norms regarding its use.  

In Class Action, teens are divided into legal teams that are provided with a casebook to help them prepare and present hypothetical civil cases in which someone has been harmed as a result of underage drinking. The program takes place over 8 to 10 weekly sessions, and includes the following class action cases: Drinking and Driving on Trial; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Trial; Drinking and Violence on Trial; Date Rape on Trial; Drinking and Vandalism on Trial; School Alcohol Policies on Trial; Drinking and Hazing on Trial; and Binge-Drinking on Trial. 

The program curriculum is available as a manual published by Hazelden, which includes specific outlines and background information for implementing the Class Action curriculum as well as course materials for the students. Class Action is the high-school component to Project Northland, Hazelden’s evidence-based alcohol prevention program. Also available is Project Northland Grades 6-8, an alcohol prevention curriculum for middle school students.