Brian Saylor, PhD, MPH
Gary Hughes, EdD
Donna Burgess, PhD
Kate Heitkamp, BS
Alaska’s Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) is based on a national model that seeks to reduce the frequency of alcohol-related traffic accidents through early identification of problem-drinkers and the initiation of appropriate interventions to deter alcohol-related drinking behavior.
The Institute for Health Studies assisted the state of Alaska Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse to update data which measures the effectiveness of the ASAP program in reducing the number of re-offenses of alcohol-related offenders.
This descriptive study intended to first collect and merge alcohol offender and treatment data from selected ASAP locations throughout Alaska in order to gain an understanding of the arrest, adjudication, intake, and treatment processes across the state. Second, the study evaluated ASAP client characteristics within populated and urban areas and compared the data to the earlier studies of Kelso (1980) and Araji (1994). Third, the study evaluated the data to determine differences across the selected ASAP sites. Fourth, the study assessed and identified significant determinants for becoming a re-offender. Fifth, the length of time for an ASAP client to re-offend and the variables associated with moderating that time was evaluated. Finally, recommendations were provided regarding intake data protocol enhancement, process improvement strategies, and identification of the “high risk” problem drinker.
The ASAP final report is available for viewing in pdf format: Alaska Alcohol Safety Action Program: ICHS Efficacy Study Report (320 KB).