Youth and young adults have many ideas and opinions about the issues
that affect their daily lives, including their health. The purpose of
this guide is to help organizations effectively partner with youth to
plan and conduct efforts to prevent and reduce underage drinking.
Hundreds of community based organizations, as well as colleges and
universities, have successfully held Communities Talk: Town Hall
Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking events across the United States to
educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around
As community-based organizations, as well as colleges and universities,
hold events for National Prevention Week (May 15–21) and
Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will
hold a webinar on Engaging Youth in Underage Drinking Prevention on
June 15 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The webinar will address strategies for
organizations who wish to engage youth in prevention, but have not yet
SAMHSA has released two updated factsheets on underage drinking (PDF | 239KB) and college student drinking (PDF | 207KB).
The underage drinking factsheet provides an overview of underage alcohol use and the overall health and safety risks. The factsheet also includes data on underage drinking by adolescents and young adults as well as a breakdown of underage drinking by gender and racial/ethnic group, including information about the downward trend in current, binge, and heavy drinking in the last 12 years.
The college student drinking factsheet gives an overview of the issue and breaks down binge and heavy drinking by gender, alcohol use consequences, and alcohol use prevention.
Download, print, and share these factsheets throughout the year as a part of your underage drinking prevention efforts.
An easy-to-download version of the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking Quick Start Planning Guide is now available. SAMHSA developed the Quick Start Planning Guide to help Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking event organizers successfully participate in the initiative. The guide offers a calendar, checklist, frequently asked questions, step-by-step registration instructions, and examples of successful events. Use this resource as your guide to planning, hosting, and reporting a town hall meeting in your community.