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Communities Talk What’s New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

Dig into These NEW SAMHSA Resources to Prevent Underage Drinking


Dig into These NEW SAMHSA Resources to Prevent Underage Drinking

Ready for some new tools to help make prevention happen in your community? SAMHSA has several new publications for you to digest and use with youth, parents, and other stakeholders. Make sure to check the SAMHSA Store regularly so that you don’t miss a beat!

  • Tips for Teens: The Truth About Alcohol
    This fact sheet is written for teens and provides facts about alcohol. It describes short- and long-term effects and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who interact with teens on a regular basis.
  • Facts on Underage Drinking
    This fact sheet offers the latest facts about alcohol use among underage youth. It covers trends by age range, gender, and race or ethnicity, as well as alcohol use consequences.
  • Facts on College Student Drinking
    This fact sheet explores alcohol use among college students. It covers age ranges, gender-based trends, and alcohol use consequences.
  • Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts
    This fact sheet, written specifically for preteens and teens, has been updated. It outlines the myths and the facts about alcohol use among youth and the actual effects of alcohol use, which can help parents and prevention professionals start conversations about underage drinking and alcohol misuse.

Talking With Teens About Impaired Driving

Now that more teens are going back to school and socializing with friends again, it’s a good time to encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their teens about safe driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost one out of five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” underage drinking prevention campaign has resources to help get the dialogue going, including the fact sheet Impaired Driving: Talk With Your Kids.

Communities Talk Planning Stipends are Going Fast!

Register now to receive a $750 planning stipend to plan an activity to prevent underage drinking. Stipends are available on a first come, first served basis. Click here to request an invitation to register, then copy and paste the following message into the body of the email: I’d like to request a $750 planning stipend to participate in Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking. Please send me a unique URL to begin my registration.

Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) Webinars

The SAMHSA-funded PTTC Networks provide technical assistance and learning resources that you can use in your substance misuse prevention efforts. Below are some upcoming events on underage drinking and alcohol misuse prevention.