Parents & Educators

Find resources for parents and educators about underage and harmful drinking prevention. This section includes. factsheets, talking guides, conversation starters, guided lesson plans, and more to help parents and educators communicate with youth and young adults.

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Facts on Underage Drinking

This factsheet summarizes current data about underage drinking overall and by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group. It also provides information on health and safety risks associated with underage alcohol use.

Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts

This brochure dispels common myths about underage alcohol use and helps 9- to 15-year-olds understand the dangers associated with using alcohol. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department...

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use

Parents can play an important role in helping their children develop healthy attitudes toward drinking while minimizing their risk of underage drinking. This factsheet describes how parenting styles and other...

Parents--Help Your Teens Party Right at Graduation

This factsheet describes how simple, important precautionary measures, such as prom-planning involvement and open communication with teens, can make a difference for this memorable occasion. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse...

Alcohol and Other Drugs on Campus—The Scope of the Problem

The most widespread health problem on college and university campuses in the United States is high-risk alcohol and other drug use. This overview provides data on the scope and consequences...

Alcohol and Public Health: Fact Sheets: Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age

This fact sheet summarizes statistics about the prevalence and consequences of underage drinking. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; August 2018)...

AlcoholFX: A Reach Out Now Mobile Application - YouTube video

Prevention 101 Series

The Prevention 101 Series provides practitioners with critical information through essential tools in many foundational processes and prevention approaches. The introductory publications in this series address a range of topics,...

Prevention as They Grow: Underage Drinking Prevention From Early Childhood to Young Adulthood Workshop

This workshop addresses underage drinking prevention from a developmental perspective. Speakers discuss their research regarding fundamental developmental needs and milestones from early childhood to young adulthood in the context of...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives from the Field

The College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives from the Field webinar highlighted the first video of the College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series and featured presentations by a panel of experts that...

Recording: Sowing the Seeds of Prevention: Communities and Youth in Action

In this session from SAMHSA’s 13th Annual Prevention Day (2017), SAMHSA staff and community-based organizations and youth talk about the powerful role young people play in prevention. Also included are...

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol

Deciding where to go to college, what career path to pursue, and how to finance an advanced education are all decisions your college-bound son or daughter has made in moving...

Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility

Alcohol is the “drug of choice” for emerging adults under 21; used more often than tobacco, or other illegal drugs. This factsheet reviews how to be informed; be prepared; and...

Facts on Underage Drinking

This factsheet summarizes current data about underage drinking overall and by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group. It also provides information on health and safety risks associated with underage alcohol use.

Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts

This brochure dispels common myths about underage alcohol use and helps 9- to 15-year-olds understand the dangers associated with using alcohol. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department...

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use

Parents can play an important role in helping their children develop healthy attitudes toward drinking while minimizing their risk of underage drinking. This factsheet describes how parenting styles and other...

Parents--Help Your Teens Party Right at Graduation

This factsheet describes how simple, important precautionary measures, such as prom-planning involvement and open communication with teens, can make a difference for this memorable occasion. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse...

Alcohol and Other Drugs on Campus—The Scope of the Problem

The most widespread health problem on college and university campuses in the United States is high-risk alcohol and other drug use. This overview provides data on the scope and consequences...

Alcohol and Public Health: Fact Sheets: Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age

This fact sheet summarizes statistics about the prevalence and consequences of underage drinking. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; August 2018)...

AlcoholFX: A Reach Out Now Mobile Application - YouTube video

Prevention 101 Series

The Prevention 101 Series provides practitioners with critical information through essential tools in many foundational processes and prevention approaches. The introductory publications in this series address a range of topics,...

Prevention as They Grow: Underage Drinking Prevention From Early Childhood to Young Adulthood Workshop

This workshop addresses underage drinking prevention from a developmental perspective. Speakers discuss their research regarding fundamental developmental needs and milestones from early childhood to young adulthood in the context of...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives from the Field

The College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives from the Field webinar highlighted the first video of the College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series and featured presentations by a panel of experts that...

Recording: Sowing the Seeds of Prevention: Communities and Youth in Action

In this session from SAMHSA’s 13th Annual Prevention Day (2017), SAMHSA staff and community-based organizations and youth talk about the powerful role young people play in prevention. Also included are...

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol

Deciding where to go to college, what career path to pursue, and how to finance an advanced education are all decisions your college-bound son or daughter has made in moving...

Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility

Alcohol is the “drug of choice” for emerging adults under 21; used more often than tobacco, or other illegal drugs. This factsheet reviews how to be informed; be prepared; and...

Resources

Monitoring the Future

Since 1975, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has sponsored the annual Monitoring the Future Survey, which measures drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide.

A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

This snapshot of annual high-risk college drinking consequences includes a concise list of facts outlining the effects of alcohol abuse on college campuses, communities, and students. (National Institute on Alcohol...

Brain Power! Challenge: Grades 6-9

This module focuses on how two drugs, nicotine and alcohol, change the functioning of the brain and body. The goal of this module is to help students understand that although...

Adolescent and School Health: School Connectedness

School connectedness—the belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals—is an important protective factor. Research has...

Talk. They Hear You.

This media campaign is designed to help prevent underage drinking among children ages 9 to 15 by providing their parents and caregivers with the resources they need to properly address...

Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

This web page offers tips in English and Spanish on when, how, and why to talk with children about substance use. Information also is provided on steps to take if...

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol

This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. Keep in mind that the suggestions offered in the guide are just that—suggestions. Trust your...

Substance Abuse Treatment Locator

This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism and alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems. The Locator includes...

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

This website educates adolescents and their parents/teachers on the science behind substance abuse. It contains quizzes, games, and other tools to help clarify the concepts.

Above the Influence

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...

SAMHSA Store

The SAMHSA Store offers free publications, games, posters, and other resources related to promoting mental health and preventing and treating mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Enter “underage drinking” in...

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

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,...

Building on Strengths: Improving Positive Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color

This research-based suite of tools helps practitioners develop programming that protects boys and young men of color from substance misuse and related behavioral health problems.

Alcohol Portal

This portal provides data, statistics, and information about excessive alcohol use.

AlcoholFX web page

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX) is a free, science-based app that teaches students ages 10 to 12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink.

College Alcohol Risk Assessment Guide: Environmental Approaches to Prevention

This guide is designed to help college administrators identify factors within the campus environment that contribute to alcohol-related problems.

Current and Binge Drinking Among High School Students - United States, 1991-2015

This May 2017 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR) series addresses excessive drinking among High School Students.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their...

We Don't Serve Teens Program Web Site

This website provides parents, retailers, law enforcement, and others with tools and information, in English and in Spanish, to reduce teen drinking and related harm by reducing their easy access...

NIAAA's brochures and fact sheets

NIDA Teens

The trusted source for science-based information on teen drug use and its effects.

NIDA Teens' Drug Facts for Students page

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens’ (NIDA Teens) Drug Facts for Students page provides in-depth information on prescription drugs, opioids, and alcohol.

SAMHSA’s AlcoholFX app

Alcohol's Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFXexternal link disclaimer) is a free, science-based app that teaches students ages 10-12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink.

Surgeon General's Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking

Teen Driving page of NHTSA.gov

The Teen Driving page of NHTSA.govexternal link disclaimer contains information on States' driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help parents set ground rules for...

Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. Not only are adolescents at increased risk of injuries...

Underage Drinking & Driving: the Ultimate Party Foul

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health–Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion / Office of Population Affairs...

Vital Signs: Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies — United States, 2011–2013

This February 2016 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR) series addresses the risks associated with drinking during pregnancy.

Youth Online (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System)

The YRBSS monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a national school-based...

Monitoring the Future

Since 1975, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has sponsored the annual Monitoring the Future Survey, which measures drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide.

A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

This snapshot of annual high-risk college drinking consequences includes a concise list of facts outlining the effects of alcohol abuse on college campuses, communities, and students. (National Institute on Alcohol...

Brain Power! Challenge: Grades 6-9

This module focuses on how two drugs, nicotine and alcohol, change the functioning of the brain and body. The goal of this module is to help students understand that although...

Adolescent and School Health: School Connectedness

School connectedness—the belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals—is an important protective factor. Research has...

Talk. They Hear You.

This media campaign is designed to help prevent underage drinking among children ages 9 to 15 by providing their parents and caregivers with the resources they need to properly address...

Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

This web page offers tips in English and Spanish on when, how, and why to talk with children about substance use. Information also is provided on steps to take if...

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol

This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. Keep in mind that the suggestions offered in the guide are just that—suggestions. Trust your...

Substance Abuse Treatment Locator

This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism and alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems. The Locator includes...

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

This website educates adolescents and their parents/teachers on the science behind substance abuse. It contains quizzes, games, and other tools to help clarify the concepts.

Above the Influence

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...

SAMHSA Store

The SAMHSA Store offers free publications, games, posters, and other resources related to promoting mental health and preventing and treating mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Enter “underage drinking” in...

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

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,...

Building on Strengths: Improving Positive Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color

This research-based suite of tools helps practitioners develop programming that protects boys and young men of color from substance misuse and related behavioral health problems.

Alcohol Portal

This portal provides data, statistics, and information about excessive alcohol use.

AlcoholFX web page

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX) is a free, science-based app that teaches students ages 10 to 12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink.

College Alcohol Risk Assessment Guide: Environmental Approaches to Prevention

This guide is designed to help college administrators identify factors within the campus environment that contribute to alcohol-related problems.

Current and Binge Drinking Among High School Students - United States, 1991-2015

This May 2017 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR) series addresses excessive drinking among High School Students.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their...

We Don't Serve Teens Program Web Site

This website provides parents, retailers, law enforcement, and others with tools and information, in English and in Spanish, to reduce teen drinking and related harm by reducing their easy access...

NIAAA's brochures and fact sheets

NIDA Teens

The trusted source for science-based information on teen drug use and its effects.

NIDA Teens' Drug Facts for Students page

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens’ (NIDA Teens) Drug Facts for Students page provides in-depth information on prescription drugs, opioids, and alcohol.

SAMHSA’s AlcoholFX app

Alcohol's Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFXexternal link disclaimer) is a free, science-based app that teaches students ages 10-12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink.

Surgeon General's Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking

Teen Driving page of NHTSA.gov

The Teen Driving page of NHTSA.govexternal link disclaimer contains information on States' driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help parents set ground rules for...

Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. Not only are adolescents at increased risk of injuries...

Underage Drinking & Driving: the Ultimate Party Foul

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health–Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion / Office of Population Affairs...

Vital Signs: Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies — United States, 2011–2013

This February 2016 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR) series addresses the risks associated with drinking during pregnancy.

Youth Online (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System)

The YRBSS monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a national school-based...

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