Community Trials Intervention To Reduce High-Risk Drinking (RHRD)


Community Trials Intervention To Reduce High-Risk Drinking (RHRD) is a multicomponent, community-based program developed to alter alcohol use patterns of people of all ages and related problems. The program uses a set of environmental interventions including:

  • Alcohol Access: Assists communities in using zoning and municipal regulations to restrict alcohol access through alcohol outlet (bars, liquor stores, etc.) density control.
  • Responsible Beverage Service: Through training and testing, RBS assists alcohol beverage servers and retailers in the development of policies and procedures to reduce intoxication and driving after drinking.
  • Risk of Drinking and Driving: Increases actual and perceived risk of arrest for driving after drinking through increased law enforcement and sobriety checkpoints.
  • Underage Alcohol Access: Reduces youth access to alcohol by training alcohol retailers to avoid selling to minors and those who provide alcohol to minors, and through increased enforcement of underage alcohol sales laws.
  • Community Mobilization: Provides communities with the tools to form the coalitions needed to implement and support the interventions that will address the previous four prevention components. Each prevention component has its own evaluation and data collecting design. The Community Trials Project has demonstrated that an environmentally directed approach to prevention, using policies as the form of intervention, can reduce alcohol problems at the local level.