What Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs Can Do to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use

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An evaluation can help you track progress toward meeting the goals in your cancer plan.

Comprehensive cancer control programs bring communities and partner organizations together to reduce the burden of cancer. CDC funds states, tribes, U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and territories through the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to form or support coalitions to prevent and control cancer in their communities.

To address alcohol as a risk factor for cancer, comprehensive cancer control programs can start or continue important activities to help reduce excessive alcohol use in their communities.

Collect and Analyze Data

Identify and Engage Potential Partners

  • Educate cancer coalition members on the public health impact of excessive alcohol use and related harms, particularly alcohol-related cancer rates in your area.
  • Identify potential partners at local and national levels, and ask them to help you educate key decision makers on cancer risks linked with alcohol use and strategies to reduce excessive alcohol use.
  • Collect information on alcohol use and alcohol-related cancer rates, and share this information with partners.
  • Disseminate information on evidence-based prevention strategies for excessive alcohol use, such as those recommended by the Community Guide.external icon
  • Survey key partners to identify their needs and what resources they can add to your efforts to reduce excessive alcohol use effectively.
  • Ensure that health promotion activities throughout the state are congruent with and support reducing excessive alcohol use.

Measure Your Effects

Developing and implementing an evaluation plan is essential to measure the effect of your comprehensive cancer control program’s efforts to reduce excessive alcohol use. An evaluation can also help you track progress toward meeting the goals in your cancer plan and can be used as an example for other states.

The Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch Program Evaluation Toolkit provides guidance on how to plan and conduct evaluations. Plans for evaluation should be developed at the beginning of your efforts. This ensures that appropriate evaluation questions are developed, and that data sources are in place to capture baseline information before intervention activities begin. Behavioral surveillance systems already in place can be used to monitor changes in key excessive alcohol use indicators over time among high school students (YRBS) and adults (BRFSS) in your state.

Page last reviewed: January 31, 2022