Underage drinking is a major threat to public health in the United States. Every year, underage drinking is responsible for more than 3,900 deaths and 225,000 years of potential life lost among individuals under 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the right tools and resources, we can change these statistics. Online juvenile alcohol interventions can help youth avoid future alcohol-related harms. At 3rd Millennium Classrooms, we offer a course designed specifically for juveniles with alcohol violations: Under the Influence JV. For years, thousands of courts around the country have used this course as an effective behavior change tool. Below are some of the many benefits of using online juvenile alcohol interventions in various scenarios.

Positive Behavior Change

Formal charges, especially multiple charges, can have a lifelong impact on juveniles. Additionally, charges are not a means of intervention and in some instances don’t motivative behavior change. Instead, diversions such as effective online courses, can help individuals make positive changes and avoid the potential negative impact of formal charges. Under the Influence JV participants will learn healthy ways to respond to peer pressure, discuss dangers behind alcohol poisoning, and learn about state-specific laws on underage drinking violations.

Lower Cost

Avoiding standard criminal justice procedures through pretrial adjudication is an effective option to reduce costs for both courts and clients. This also allows courts to conserve their resources and use them elsewhere. Online courses, such as Under the Influence JV, is a cost-effective option for participants with no hidden fees or contracts. It’s an accessible, affordable way to promote behavior change.

Reduce Recidivism Rates

Participating in an online course, as part of juvenile probation, can help reduce recidivism rates. Evidence-based education and practices have been long known to be one of the most effective ways to reduce recidivism. More specifically, programs which target those most likely to reoffend and and that focus on addressing attitude and beliefs are often the most effective. 

In addition to the benefits above, participants in online courses such as Under the Influence JV have significant reduction in their usual number of drinks and number of nights in the week that they drink. These courses also change students’ perception of peer drinking and their assessment of negative consequences, as outlined in a 2-year study conducted by the University of Arizona. All participants also receive personalized feedback through eCHECKUP TO GO and a summary report, both designed to facilitate change.