Providers & Practitioners

Find resources for providers and practitioners about underage and harmful drinking prevention. These resources can be used in clinical settings to educate patients about their choices around alcohol; or, support providers and practitioners in their own education related to underage and harmful drinking prevention.

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Drunk Driving

This website explains how alcohol effects driving, describing blood alcohol concentration levels. Details about the risks and consequences of drunk driving are given and drivers are encouraged to drive responsibly.

Community How to Guides on Underage Drinking Prevention

These “Community How To Guides” address fundamental components of planning and implementing a comprehensive underage drinking prevention program. The Guides are designed to be brief, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use. Each guide contains a...

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...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives: Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University

The College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series is a new resource that showcases underage drinking prevention strategies on and around college campuses across the nation. The first video in this series, Lessons Learned...

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...

2012 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2014 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2015 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2016 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2017 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2018 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2019 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2020 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, Volume 6

This report summarizes data from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. It provides an annual update on a...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University" Discussion Guide

This guide highlights steps taken by the Frostburg State University community to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among the student population and discusses how these strategies were implemented. ...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking" Discussion Guide

This guide shows how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture, can create prevention strategies...

After High School: Talking With Your Young Adult About Underage Drinking

This guide empowers parents to continue to discuss alcohol-use consequences with their young adults, including with those who are already engaged in drinking.

Drunk Driving

This website explains how alcohol effects driving, describing blood alcohol concentration levels. Details about the risks and consequences of drunk driving are given and drivers are encouraged to drive responsibly.

Community How to Guides on Underage Drinking Prevention

These “Community How To Guides” address fundamental components of planning and implementing a comprehensive underage drinking prevention program. The Guides are designed to be brief, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use. Each guide contains a...

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...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives: Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University

The College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series is a new resource that showcases underage drinking prevention strategies on and around college campuses across the nation. The first video in this series, Lessons Learned...

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...

2012 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2014 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2015 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2016 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2017 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2018 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2019 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

2020 Talk. They Hear You Campaign Annual Report

Talk. They Hear You seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and other substance use; and equip them with resources. (149)...

Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, Volume 6

This report summarizes data from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. It provides an annual update on a...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University" Discussion Guide

This guide highlights steps taken by the Frostburg State University community to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among the student population and discusses how these strategies were implemented. ...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking" Discussion Guide

This guide shows how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture, can create prevention strategies...

After High School: Talking With Your Young Adult About Underage Drinking

This guide empowers parents to continue to discuss alcohol-use consequences with their young adults, including with those who are already engaged in drinking.

Resources

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.

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.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs (including nonmedical use of prescription drugs) and mental...

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among...

Youth Online

Youth Online, a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lets you analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data from 1991 to 2019. Data...

Focus on Prevention

This guide was developed to help a wide range of groups and communities move from concerns about substance abuse to proven and practical solutions. It is a starting point that...

Alcohol Retailers Can Help Reduce Teen Drinking

This fact sheet promotes the responsible retailing of age-restricted products. ...

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide

This guide is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. Based on just two questions, one that asks about friends’ drinking and another...

Parents—Talk With Your High School Grads About Celebrating Safely

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...

Sober Truth on Prevention (STOP) Underage Drinking Act

This Act states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, with input and collaboration from other appropriate federal agencies; states; Indian tribes; territories; and public health, consumer, and...

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...

Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels. Detailed state-by-state information also...

Giving a brief intervention in English versus Spanish.

The aim of this study was to determine if a patient’s preferred language of intervention influences drinking outcomes among Mexican-origin young adults in the emergency department. Results indicate no significant...

Laboratory and life experience with wearable alcohol biosensors.

Study finds tens of millions of Americans drink alcohol at dangerously high levels

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism edits and produces a biannual journal called Alcohol Research: Current Reviews that publishes scientific reviews on a single topic related to alcohol.

Party music is associated with riskier drinking decisions by young adult women

In this study, researchers sought to answer whether listening to personal party music would influence risky drinking decisions by young adult women (relative to risky food decisions), over and above listening...

Many people who misuse prescription opioids also binge drink

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sought to understand the relationship between binge drinking and prescription opioid misuse. They used the National Survey on Drug Use...

How COVID-19 affects people using substances

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for persons facing substance misuse. In an editorial article, Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses three unique...

2015 Health-Related Behavior (HRB) Survey - Active Duty Service Members

The Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s flagship survey for understanding the health, health-related behaviors, and well-being of service members. Originally implemented to assess substance...

Alcohol and Drug Combinations Are More Likely to Have a Serious Outcome Than Alcohol Alone in Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Drinking

This Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) spotlight looks at the outcomes of emergency department visits that involve underage drinking in 2011.

Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet describes the history of the age 21 minimum legal purchase age and how this policy has saved lives.

Alcohol Poisoning Deaths

This January 2015 edition of the CDC Vital Signs series addresses alcohol poisoning, a deadly consequence of binge drinking.

CDC Alcohol Portal

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

Binge Drinking: A Serious, Under-Recognized Problem Among Women and Girls

This January 2013 edition of the CDC Vital Signs series addresses Binge Drinking among women and girls. Binge drinking is a dangerous behavior but is not widely recognized as a...

Binge Drinking: Nationwide Problems, Local Solutions

This January 2012 edition of the CDC Vital Signs series addresses Binge Drinking throughout the US. New estimates show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought; binge...

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

This study, conducted by the CDC, found that despite progress, current and binge drinking are common among high school students, and many students who binge drink do so at high...

Excessive Alcohol Use: Preventing a Leading Risk for Death, Disease, and Injury

This fact sheet summarizes statistics about excessive alcohol use, including binge and underage drinking, as a public health problem and steps being taken by CDC to address this problem. (Centers...

We Don't Serve Teens

Recognizing that most youth ages 12 to 20 who drink obtain access to alcohol for free (from family or friends, or by taking it without permission from their home or...

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

The 2016 Surgeon General's Report is the first report to be dedicated to substance misuse and related disorders.

Healthy People Initiative

Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set measurable objectives to improve the health and well-being of people nationwide. At the beginning of every decade, a new iteration of the...

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Often called the voice of CDC, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series is CDC’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, accurate, and objective public health information and...

MyHealthfinder

MyHealthfinder is a prevention and wellness resource that health professionals can recommend to individuals and families. The site includes evidence-based health information in English and Spanish that’s actionable and easy...

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

The Navigator helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one, as well as healthcare professionals and faith leaders who often see people in need. Included are...

NIAAA Spectrum

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) NIAAA Spectrum is a triannual webzine with feature articles, short news updates, and colorful graphics about NIAAA and the alcohol research...

Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's (NIAAA) Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing resource outlines tips and methods of treatment during uncertain times.

Alcohol's Effect on Health: NIAAA brochures and fact sheets

This webpage provides links to NIAAA products, publications, and information about alcohol basics for the public, as well as information for special populations.

Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose

NIAAA's Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose fact sheet defines alcohol overdose and explains how to identify one. It also illustrates the measurement of a standard drink in the United...

NIDA for Teens: Alcohol

This NIDA fact sheet gives teens science-based information on alcohol use disorder, affects of alcohol use on the teen brain, alcohol affects on the body, blackouts, alcohol overdose and more.

Peer-to-Peer Teen Traffic Safety Program Guide

This Guide identifies the essential elements of a peer-to-peer program as determined through research and discussion with an expert panel and others working with teens or in the teen driving...

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

This report presents statistics on the nature and extent of underage drinking in the United States. It also discusses the role of the federal government in preventing and reducing underage...

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

Underage Drinking Fact Sheet (NIAAA)

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...

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

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

Different methods to measure alcohol outlet density

The number of alcohol stores and retailers in a certain area, referred to as outlet density, is a risk factor for alcohol use and its consequences, including violent crime. Researchers...

Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost from Excessive Alcohol Use in the U.S.

This study, using the CDC Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application, found that excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 95,000 deaths in the United States each year, or 261 deaths per...

Alcohol and Caffeine Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet discusses the risks of mixing alcohol and caffeine and the policy history of the availability of caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs).

Alcohol Use and Your Health

This CDC printable fact sheet defines excessive drinking and summarizes the short- and long-term risks of excessive alcohol use.

CDC Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density

CDC developed the Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density to help public health practitioners measure alcohol outlet density—which is a key risk factor for excessive drinking—at state and local levels. This Guide...

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Strategizer: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms Through Commercial Host Liability

Strategizer 57: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms Through Commercial Host Liability introduces public health departments, community coalitions and other interested organizations and individuals to commercial host liability as a public health intervention to...

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Strategizer: Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density: An Action Guide

Strategizer 55, Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density: An Action Guide, outlines available evidence-based community prevention strategies shown to decrease the consequences associated with alcohol outlet density, the concentration of bars, restaurants serving...

Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet describes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on alcohol consumption, and discusses moderate alcohol consumption.

Excessive Alcohol Use and Men's Health Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet discusses the effects of excessive alcohol consumption on men's health, and provides data & risks specific to males.

Excessive Alcohol Use and Women's Health Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet discusses the effects of excessive alcohol consumption on women's health, and provides data & risks specific to females.

National Health Interview Survey

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) collects data on alcohol consumption among U.S. adults (including adults aged 18-20 years).

PLACES: Local Data for Better Health

PLACES provides estimates of adult (aged = 18 years) binge drinking prevalence for all counties, census tracts, and ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) across the United States.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) collects data on alcohol consumption among U.S. adults (including adults aged 18-20 years).

YRBS Explorer

Explore YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System) national, state, and local school district data via tables and graphs.

Consumer Costs and Job Impacts from State Alcohol Tax Increases

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends increasing alcohol taxes based on strong evidence that this can reduce excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. However, questions have been raised about...

Monitoring Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Cable TV in the United States

As part of the CDC-supported Monitoring  Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing project, Abt Associates has released a series of reports that monitor youth exposure to non-compliant alcohol advertising on cable...

Prescription Opioid Misuse and Use of Alcohol and Other Substances Among High School Students in the US, 2019

This August 2020 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series addresses substance use, including alcohol use, among High School Students using CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use Fact Sheet

This factsheet about preventing excessive alcohol consumption summarizes recommendations to prevent excessive alcohol use from The Community Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It also...

Trends in adult binge drinking in the United States

Binge drinking is a serious public health problem that can lead to devastating consequences. Researchers wanted to see how the amount and pattern of binge drinking among U.S. adults had...

Underage Drinking Fact Sheet (CDC)

This fact sheet summarizes the prevalence and consequences of underage drinking, including that it is associated with adult drinking. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and...

Adolescent Health

This page focuses on how adolescents develop and the issues they may face as they mature.

College Alcohol-Related Statistics: Prevalence of Alcohol Use

This webpage summarizes annual prevalence data of alcohol use by college students as reflected by SAMHSA's NSDUH report.

Traffic Safety Facts: Young Drivers

This fact sheet provides data on young driver fatalities, restraint use, speeding, alcohol use and fatalities, motorcycle use, and fatalities by state.

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking"

This video shows how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture, can create prevention strategies...

Preventing & Reducing Underage Drinking: 2018 Comprehensive Plan

Developed by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) the 2018 Comprehensive Plan describes the role of the ICCPUD and contains objectives and action steps calibrated...

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.

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.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs (including nonmedical use of prescription drugs) and mental...

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among...

Youth Online

Youth Online, a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lets you analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data from 1991 to 2019. Data...

Focus on Prevention

This guide was developed to help a wide range of groups and communities move from concerns about substance abuse to proven and practical solutions. It is a starting point that...

Alcohol Retailers Can Help Reduce Teen Drinking

This fact sheet promotes the responsible retailing of age-restricted products. ...

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide

This guide is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. Based on just two questions, one that asks about friends’ drinking and another...

Parents—Talk With Your High School Grads About Celebrating Safely

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...

Sober Truth on Prevention (STOP) Underage Drinking Act

This Act states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, with input and collaboration from other appropriate federal agencies; states; Indian tribes; territories; and public health, consumer, and...

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...

Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels. Detailed state-by-state information also...

Giving a brief intervention in English versus Spanish.

The aim of this study was to determine if a patient’s preferred language of intervention influences drinking outcomes among Mexican-origin young adults in the emergency department. Results indicate no significant...

Laboratory and life experience with wearable alcohol biosensors.

Study finds tens of millions of Americans drink alcohol at dangerously high levels

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism edits and produces a biannual journal called Alcohol Research: Current Reviews that publishes scientific reviews on a single topic related to alcohol.

Party music is associated with riskier drinking decisions by young adult women

In this study, researchers sought to answer whether listening to personal party music would influence risky drinking decisions by young adult women (relative to risky food decisions), over and above listening...

Many people who misuse prescription opioids also binge drink

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sought to understand the relationship between binge drinking and prescription opioid misuse. They used the National Survey on Drug Use...

How COVID-19 affects people using substances

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for persons facing substance misuse. In an editorial article, Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses three unique...

2015 Health-Related Behavior (HRB) Survey - Active Duty Service Members

The Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s flagship survey for understanding the health, health-related behaviors, and well-being of service members. Originally implemented to assess substance...

Alcohol and Drug Combinations Are More Likely to Have a Serious Outcome Than Alcohol Alone in Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Drinking

This Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) spotlight looks at the outcomes of emergency department visits that involve underage drinking in 2011.

Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet describes the history of the age 21 minimum legal purchase age and how this policy has saved lives.

Alcohol Poisoning Deaths

This January 2015 edition of the CDC Vital Signs series addresses alcohol poisoning, a deadly consequence of binge drinking.

CDC Alcohol Portal

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

Binge Drinking: A Serious, Under-Recognized Problem Among Women and Girls

This January 2013 edition of the CDC Vital Signs series addresses Binge Drinking among women and girls. Binge drinking is a dangerous behavior but is not widely recognized as a...

Binge Drinking: Nationwide Problems, Local Solutions

This January 2012 edition of the CDC Vital Signs series addresses Binge Drinking throughout the US. New estimates show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought; binge...

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

This study, conducted by the CDC, found that despite progress, current and binge drinking are common among high school students, and many students who binge drink do so at high...

Excessive Alcohol Use: Preventing a Leading Risk for Death, Disease, and Injury

This fact sheet summarizes statistics about excessive alcohol use, including binge and underage drinking, as a public health problem and steps being taken by CDC to address this problem. (Centers...

We Don't Serve Teens

Recognizing that most youth ages 12 to 20 who drink obtain access to alcohol for free (from family or friends, or by taking it without permission from their home or...

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

The 2016 Surgeon General's Report is the first report to be dedicated to substance misuse and related disorders.

Healthy People Initiative

Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set measurable objectives to improve the health and well-being of people nationwide. At the beginning of every decade, a new iteration of the...

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Often called the voice of CDC, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series is CDC’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, accurate, and objective public health information and...

MyHealthfinder

MyHealthfinder is a prevention and wellness resource that health professionals can recommend to individuals and families. The site includes evidence-based health information in English and Spanish that’s actionable and easy...

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

The Navigator helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one, as well as healthcare professionals and faith leaders who often see people in need. Included are...

NIAAA Spectrum

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) NIAAA Spectrum is a triannual webzine with feature articles, short news updates, and colorful graphics about NIAAA and the alcohol research...

Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's (NIAAA) Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing resource outlines tips and methods of treatment during uncertain times.

Alcohol's Effect on Health: NIAAA brochures and fact sheets

This webpage provides links to NIAAA products, publications, and information about alcohol basics for the public, as well as information for special populations.

Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose

NIAAA's Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Overdose fact sheet defines alcohol overdose and explains how to identify one. It also illustrates the measurement of a standard drink in the United...

NIDA for Teens: Alcohol

This NIDA fact sheet gives teens science-based information on alcohol use disorder, affects of alcohol use on the teen brain, alcohol affects on the body, blackouts, alcohol overdose and more.

Peer-to-Peer Teen Traffic Safety Program Guide

This Guide identifies the essential elements of a peer-to-peer program as determined through research and discussion with an expert panel and others working with teens or in the teen driving...

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

This report presents statistics on the nature and extent of underage drinking in the United States. It also discusses the role of the federal government in preventing and reducing underage...

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

Underage Drinking Fact Sheet (NIAAA)

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...

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

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

Different methods to measure alcohol outlet density

The number of alcohol stores and retailers in a certain area, referred to as outlet density, is a risk factor for alcohol use and its consequences, including violent crime. Researchers...

Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost from Excessive Alcohol Use in the U.S.

This study, using the CDC Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application, found that excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 95,000 deaths in the United States each year, or 261 deaths per...

Alcohol and Caffeine Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet discusses the risks of mixing alcohol and caffeine and the policy history of the availability of caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs).

Alcohol Use and Your Health

This CDC printable fact sheet defines excessive drinking and summarizes the short- and long-term risks of excessive alcohol use.

CDC Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density

CDC developed the Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density to help public health practitioners measure alcohol outlet density—which is a key risk factor for excessive drinking—at state and local levels. This Guide...

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Strategizer: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms Through Commercial Host Liability

Strategizer 57: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms Through Commercial Host Liability introduces public health departments, community coalitions and other interested organizations and individuals to commercial host liability as a public health intervention to...

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Strategizer: Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density: An Action Guide

Strategizer 55, Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density: An Action Guide, outlines available evidence-based community prevention strategies shown to decrease the consequences associated with alcohol outlet density, the concentration of bars, restaurants serving...

Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet describes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on alcohol consumption, and discusses moderate alcohol consumption.

Excessive Alcohol Use and Men's Health Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet discusses the effects of excessive alcohol consumption on men's health, and provides data & risks specific to males.

Excessive Alcohol Use and Women's Health Fact Sheet

This CDC fact sheet discusses the effects of excessive alcohol consumption on women's health, and provides data & risks specific to females.

National Health Interview Survey

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) collects data on alcohol consumption among U.S. adults (including adults aged 18-20 years).

PLACES: Local Data for Better Health

PLACES provides estimates of adult (aged = 18 years) binge drinking prevalence for all counties, census tracts, and ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) across the United States.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) collects data on alcohol consumption among U.S. adults (including adults aged 18-20 years).

YRBS Explorer

Explore YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System) national, state, and local school district data via tables and graphs.

Consumer Costs and Job Impacts from State Alcohol Tax Increases

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends increasing alcohol taxes based on strong evidence that this can reduce excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. However, questions have been raised about...

Monitoring Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Cable TV in the United States

As part of the CDC-supported Monitoring  Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing project, Abt Associates has released a series of reports that monitor youth exposure to non-compliant alcohol advertising on cable...

Prescription Opioid Misuse and Use of Alcohol and Other Substances Among High School Students in the US, 2019

This August 2020 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series addresses substance use, including alcohol use, among High School Students using CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use Fact Sheet

This factsheet about preventing excessive alcohol consumption summarizes recommendations to prevent excessive alcohol use from The Community Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It also...

Trends in adult binge drinking in the United States

Binge drinking is a serious public health problem that can lead to devastating consequences. Researchers wanted to see how the amount and pattern of binge drinking among U.S. adults had...

Underage Drinking Fact Sheet (CDC)

This fact sheet summarizes the prevalence and consequences of underage drinking, including that it is associated with adult drinking. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and...

Adolescent Health

This page focuses on how adolescents develop and the issues they may face as they mature.

College Alcohol-Related Statistics: Prevalence of Alcohol Use

This webpage summarizes annual prevalence data of alcohol use by college students as reflected by SAMHSA's NSDUH report.

Traffic Safety Facts: Young Drivers

This fact sheet provides data on young driver fatalities, restraint use, speeding, alcohol use and fatalities, motorcycle use, and fatalities by state.

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps...

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking"

This video shows how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture, can create prevention strategies...

Preventing & Reducing Underage Drinking: 2018 Comprehensive Plan

Developed by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) the 2018 Comprehensive Plan describes the role of the ICCPUD and contains objectives and action steps calibrated...

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