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UAD Web Sites

The following Web sites are for campaigns and programs support by Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking agencies. These Web sites reflect a developmental approach to preventing underage drinking, from helping preschool children establish a foundation for healthy decisionmaking to supporting tweens and teens in avoiding alcohol use to reducing and preventing alcohol use by young adults. Most sites offer resources for parents, educators, and community leaders as well as young people.


The Cool Spot, created for youth 11 to 13 years old, is based on a curriculum for grades six to eight developed by the University of Michigan as part of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism–supported Alcohol Misuse Prevention Study (AMPS). This site gives young teens a clearer picture about alcohol use among their peers. Teens tend to overestimate how much kids their age really drink. When they learn more accurate information, some of the pressure to drink can subside. The site also is designed to help young teens learn skills to resist pressure to drink and to give them reasons not to drink. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Cool Spot

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse educates adolescents ages 11 to 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. Recognizing that teens want to be treated as equals, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) scientists were careful not to preach about the dangers of drug use. Rather, the site delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that youth will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions. Elements, such as animated illustrations, quizzes, and games, are used throughout the site to clarify concepts, test the visitor's knowledge, and make learning fun through interaction. (NIDA)

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

Too Smart To Start provides information about underage drinking prevention for tweens and teens, their parents and educators, and other adults in their community. The site offers interactive games and exercises, classroom lesson plans, and other resources to help individuals and communities respond to The Surgeon General's Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Too Smart to Start

Above the Influence is an interactive drug prevention site for youth. The goal of the site is to help youth be more aware of the influences around them and better prepare them to stand up to the pressures that can contribute to unhealthy decisions. (Office of National Drug Control Policy)

Above the Influence

National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is the central Web site for this campaign.Visitors can view the campaign's TV, radio, and print ads and download banner ads for use on their own sites. The site also provides information on how the public can get involved with the campaign, links to other campaign sites, a listing of campaign publications, and news about campaign initiatives. (Office of National Drug Control Policy)

National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign

We Don’t Serve Teens provides parents, retailers, law enforcement, and others with tools and information to reduce teen drinking and related harm by reducing their easy access to alcohol. Most teens who drink get alcohol from “social sources”—at parties, from older friends, from their parents’ cabinets. Teen drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior. (Federal Trade Commission)

We Do not Serve Teens

Young Adults

College Drinking: Changing the Culture is an outcome of the national Task Force on College Drinking. It supports the goals of the task force, which include (1) providing research-based information about the nature and extent of dangerous drinking to high school and college administrators, students, parents, community leaders, policymakers, researchers, and members of the retail beverage industry; and (2) offering recommendations to college and university presidents on the potential effectiveness of current strategies to reverse the culture of drinking on campus. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

That Guy is a multiyear campaign for enlisted personnel aged 18 to 24 to raise their awareness of the negative effects of excessive drinking. The 2005 Department of Defense (DoD) Survey of Health Related Behaviors revealed a rising rate of binge drinking among the 708,820 junior enlisted personnel in all of the armed services. In response, the DoD/TRICARE® Management Activity (TMA) launched “That Guy” to help reduce alcohol abuse. (U.S. Department of Defense)

That Guy