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Prevention as They Grow

Prevention as They Grow View this online workshop about a developmental approach to underage drinking from early childhood to young adulthood. Learn about new research into the power of parents to reduce drinking by young adults in college.


June is Men’s Health Month

Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, and health education and outreach activities. The goal of this special observance is to improve awareness of preventable health problems among men and boys.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more males under age 21 report current, binge, and heavy alcohol use than their female peers, although the percentages of current use are nearly the same. In 2013, 311,000 males ages 12‒17 had an alcohol use disorder, but only 44,000 received treatment in a specialized facility. An alcohol use disorder is a medical diagnosis that describes severe problematic drinking.

Learn more about the risks of excessive alcohol use to men’s health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet. Visit the Men’s Health Month website to access resources and facts about men’s health and to download tools for living a healthy lifestyle.  

National Sobriety Checkpoint Week Starts June 28

June 28 marks the beginning of this year’s National Sobriety Checkpoint Week, a national public information campaign designed to save lives and protect the public from the threat of drunk drivers. National Sobriety Checkpoint Week continues through the 4th of July holiday and ends on July 5.

Sobriety checkpoints are traffic stops where law enforcement officers assess drivers’ level of alcohol impairment. These checkpoints deter people from drinking and driving and, according to CDC, consistently reduce alcohol-related car crashes.

Each day, nearly 30 people in the United States die from motor vehicle crashes that involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Young drivers who have been drinking are more likely than older drivers to be involved in an alcohol-related crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, in 2013, nearly one-fifth of drivers ages 16‒20 who were involved in a fatal crash had a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or above.

Learn more from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about how to implement sobriety checkpoints to prevent impaired driving and save lives.

June Is LGBT Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, marking a time of celebrations, parades, workshops, concerts, and other events to recognize and celebrate LGBT rights, history, and individuals. It is also a time to increase awareness of important issues affecting the LGBT community.

LGBT youth, in particular, are vulnerable to a range of social and health issues. According to CDC, LGBT youth are more likely than heterosexual youth to report high levels of bullying and violence, making them more vulnerable to alcohol and other drug use. LGBT youth may turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with their feelings of isolation and desire for acceptance.

Take time during June to learn more about issues affecting LGBT youth, and to offer support to LGBT youth in your families and communities. Visit CDC’s website for helpful resources for LGBT youth and their friends, parents, other family members, and school professionals. SAMHSA has a resource guide for health care providers to help families support and increase the well-being of their LGBT youth.