Red Ribbon Week October 23-31, 2012
 

Why Underage Drinking Should Be a Prevention Priority in Your Community

Click on a fact below for more details.

Alcohol is the drug of choice for America’s youth.(1)

Young people frequently combine alcohol and other drugs.(2)

Underage drinking kills about 5,000 young people under age 21 each year.(1)

Underage drinking increases the risk of adult alcohol dependence or abuse.(2)

Underage drinking is preventable! Help continue the progress being made.(2)

 

About Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Formally designated as Red Ribbon Week in 1988, this event serves as an annual opportunity for communities and individuals to affirm their commitment to healthy and drug-free lives. The theme of Red Ribbon Week for 2012 is “The Best Me Is Drug Free.”

Mobilizing To Prevent Underage Drinking

This year, make underage drinking prevention the focus of your community’s Red Ribbon Week activities. In planning a Red Ribbon Week event, look for ways to engage your community in prevention as well as in learning more about underage drinking and its consequences. More underage drinking facts are available at http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov. Information on proven, community-based environmental strategies is available at Getting to Outcomes.

Free Resources

Resources that support a family-, school-, or community-based event are below.

Reach Out Now Poster Teaching Guide Reach Out Now Bonus Worksheets Reach Out Now Family Pages
Help Prevent Underage Drinking Kit: Teaching Guide and Poster, Bonus Worksheets, and Family Guide
Help Prevent Underage Drinking: Teaching Guide and Poster Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts Focus on Prevention
Help Prevent Underage Drinking: Teaching Guide and Poster (only) Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts Focus on Prevention
Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking The Surgeon General’s Call to Action : What It Means to You: A Guide to Action for Communities The Surgeon Generals Call to Action: What It Means to You: A Guide to Action for Educators
Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking—
 What It Means to You: A Guide to Action for Communities (PDF 974KB)

(Available for downloading only)
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking—What It Means to You: A Guide to Action for Educators
(PDF 1MB)
The Surgeon Generals Call to Action: A Guide to Action for Families Guía de acción para las comunidades Guía de acción para las familias
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking—What It Means to You: A Guide to Action for Families
(PDF 889KB)

(Available for downloading only)
Llamado a la acción del Cirujano General para prevenir y reducir el consumo de alcohol por menores de edad: Lo que significa para usted—Guía de acción para las comunidades (PDF 811KB) Llamado a la acción del Cirujano General para prevenir y reducir el consumo de alcohol por menores de edad: Lo que significa para usted—Guía de acción para las familias (PDF 811KB)

To order or download copies of the above materials,
please visit the SAMHSA Store.

Stop Underage Drinking Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking Talk. They hear you.
Stop Underage Drinking Portal of Federal Resources Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking Talk. They hear you.
Underage Drinking Prevention Poster Cool Spot Web Site College Drinking: Changing the Culture
Underage Drinking Prevention Poster The Cool Spot College Drinking: Changing the Culture
We Don’t Serve Teens Web Site NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse Web Site  
We Don’t Serve Teens NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse  

Citations

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2007). The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). Results From the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.