Prevention Council Releases 2015 Progress Report and Recommendations for Safer, Healthier Rose Bowl Events
After two years of hard work the Rose Bowl Community Prevention Council (RBCPC) has released a 2014-15 Progress and Recommendations Reports detailing its efforts to date and next steps.
In March 2013 the RBCPC was convened to improve public health and safety at large community events in the City of Pasadena. Composed of representatives of neighborhood associations (e.g., East Arroyo, Linda Vista-Annandale, West Pasadena), community groups (Day One, Flintridge Center), and city agencies (Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Public Health Department), the RBCPC has spent the past two years observing large events, reviewing existing practices and procedures, and recommending improvements based on identified conditions and data collected.
In 2014, representatives of the aforementioned groups met on a regular basis to discuss manners of reducing alcohol-related harm and improving public health and safety at large events at the Rose Bowl. After reviewing findings from 10 major events in 2013-14, the group identified the following recommendations based upon their efficacy at other venues and potential ability to positively impact public health and safety during large events:
“The recommendations are the result of a lengthy, collaborative community process aimed at reducing binge and underage drinking, as well as dangerous behavior such as drinking and driving and alcohol-related violence at large events,” stated Christy Zamani, Day One Executive Director and RBCPC member. “We hope community leaders and staff will take advantage of this opportunity to improve existing practices and procedures.”
According to RBCPC member and former West Pasadena Residents' Association President Bill Urban, "5,000 underage drinkers die every year in the US. That is more than all the Americans killed in the entire Iraq war. As part of their efforts to help this problem, Day One has teamed with neighborhood leaders, Rose Bowl officials, and Pasadena Police to study underage drinking and its consequences at Rose Bowl events over several years. This group has developed common-sense recommendations in line with policies at other college venues. The recommendations need to be implemented."
Defined as consuming 5 or more drinks in about 2 hours for men and 4 or more drinks for women, binge drinking has serious health implications for individuals, including brain damage, alcohol poisoning, high blood pressure, and increased risk of stroke, injury, and cancer (breast and oral). On a community level it is also associated with higher violence, crime and injury rates (e.g., alcohol-involved auto collisions).
In LA County excessive alcohol consumption is the 2nd leading cause of premature death and disability, costing about 2,500 people in the region their lives every year. An estimated 16% of LA County residents, over 1.1 million, are binge drinkers.
Electronic copies of the 2015 Progress Report can be downloaded here and of the Recommendations Report here. The latter can also be viewed below.
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