More than 16,000 high schools in the United States have youth peer-to-peer groups that encourage students to refrain from drinking, drinking and driving, and riding in a vehicle with a drinking driver. While each of these groups is unique, most refer to themselves as SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk) chapters. Selected highly active chapters were studied in Arizona, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Focus group results indicated that chapter members, primarily female, are leaders in many school and community activities. School-wide surveys conducted in six active peer-to-peer program schools and six comparison schools without active peer-to-peer programs (N = 17,484) indicated that students attending an active-program school were exposed to substantially more in-school activities directed against drinking and drinking and driving. They were also more likely to hold attitudes reflecting positive reasons as to why not to use alcohol. Student self-reported behavior and data covering police-reported crashes were inconclusive. It was felt that student activities such as SADD can be an important component of a total community strategy to deal with underage drinking.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728466
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 309
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-92-D-05270
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 20 1996 12:00AM