18 Jul 2016

The Coalition Report

Welcome to The Coalition Report. Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone— regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families—it is a nationwide […]

08 Jun 2016

Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is when anyone under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 drinks alcohol. Underage drinking is a risk that attracts many developing adolescents and teens. When young people try alcohol, they often don’t realize the damaging effects drinking can have on their own lives, their families, and their communities. Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a widespread public health problem that poses many risks. Here’s why: Underage drinking is widespread According to the 2013 National Survey on […]

02 Mar 2016


Originally posted by Michael Buchanan on Fri, 26 October 2012 in Florida Criminal Law The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required all states to raise their minimum “purchase” and “public possession” of alcohol age to twenty-one.  States that did not comply faced a reduction in highway funds under the Federal Highway Aid Act.  The national law specifically prohibited the purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages.  The federal law did not prohibit all persons ages eighteen to twenty-one […]

02 Mar 2015


Posted by Michael Buchanan on Fri, 26 October 2012 in Florida Criminal Law Several times I’ve represented individuals who were in possession of unopened alcoholic beverages.  In one case a nineteen year old was moving beer he had not purchased from a vehicle to a fraternity house.  In another case a twenty year old woman was passing an unopened beer from a cooler to her adult friend.  In each case the client was surprised to learn that the crime of […]

02 Mar 2015
06 Jul 2014

National Youth Leadership Initiative Conference

Our Positive Action Club Youth at the National Youth Leadership Initiative Conference in Orlando, FL The kids and mentors in this picture learned about community action during the four day National Youth Leadership Initiative that was during the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-Year Training Institute held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel, located at Disney World.  This training taught participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – youth drug abuse.

06 Sep 2011
22 Aug 2011