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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.

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...

AlcoholFX Mobile Application - YouTube video

This animated video introduces the Alcohol's Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX) mobile application, providing the science base behind the app and how it...

SAMHSA’s AlcoholFX app

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

Teen Driving (NHTSA)

This webpage contains information on state driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help parents set ground rules for their aspiring driver. The site...

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.

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...

AlcoholFX Mobile Application - YouTube video

This animated video introduces the Alcohol's Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX) mobile application, providing the science base behind the app and how it...

SAMHSA’s AlcoholFX app

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

Teen Driving (NHTSA)

This webpage contains information on state driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help parents set ground rules for their aspiring driver. The site...

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 from...

College Alcohol-Related Statistics: Consequences of Alcohol Use

This webpage lists 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...

Easy Access to FBI Arrest Statistics

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides a database of arrest statistics for 2008-2014, by offense, and for adults, juveniles, or all ages. Arrest statistics for youth ages...

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 shown...

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...

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol - Parents

This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. It offers suggestions for better communication between parents and their children, explains the unique risks...

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—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...

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...

Juvenile Justice Bulletin: Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders

This bulletin describes what is known about the relationships among adolescent substance use, criminal activity, and treatment, based on current research and data from Pathways to Desistance, an Office of...

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

This is a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

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...

Stress Effects on Alcohol-Motivated Behaviors

The current study examined the effects of psychosocial stress on alcohol cravings and alcohol-motivated behaviors in people with alcohol use disorder. Findings showed that the stress test increased alcohol cravings...

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.

Adolescents’ experiences with alcohol use and expectations about peer use affect drinking onset.

Researchers analyzed data from a longitudinal survey of adolescent substance use and health behaviors. They found interacting effects, within individuals, of early initiation, alcohol outcome experiences, and perceived social norms. ...

Examining resources to prevent underage drinking from a social ecological perspective

Adolescent and college underage drinking are significant public health problems both on their own and together. It is important for prevention professionals to understand and help prevent the development of...

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.

Does parental influence decrease as their children progress through college?

Alcohol use prevention research has shown that parents are very influential on their children’s drinking behavior, even after they leave to go to college. However, less is known about how...

Social stress and alcohol initiation in adolescent girls

Social stress may be an important factor that influences adolescent alcohol use; however, most studies looking at social stress and alcohol have been limited by reliance on self-report. This current...

Identifying risk and protective factors to prevent alcohol use during tailgating

Tailgating before college football games can be a common site of alcohol use. Understanding what contributes to alcohol use at these events may highlight opportunities for prevention. The context and...

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...

Alcohol and marijuana use predicted sexual intercourse in truant adolescents

Researchers studied data from a group of at-risk, truant adolescents to understand the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on the odds of engaging in sexual intercourse on a given...

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...

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.

Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI)

ARDI is an online application that provides national and state estimates of alcohol-related health impacts, including deaths and years of potential life lost (YPLL).

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 women’s...

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...

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.

Fall Semester—A Time for Parents To Discuss the Risks of College Drinking

This fact sheet outlines the consequences of harmful and underage college drinking, factors affectingstudent drinking, and strategies for addressing college drinking. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuseand Alcoholism; 2020)...

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...

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...

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...

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.

HealthyPeople.gov

National Teen Driver Safety Week

This week (typically celebrated in October) - and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the...

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

The Navigator helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one, as well as healthcare professionals...

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.

NIDA for Teens

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.

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

The CBHSQ Report: A Day in the Life of Young Adults: Substance Use Facts

This issue of The CBHSQ Report presents facts about young adults' substance use, including informationon the initiation of substance use, past year substance use, emergency department visits, and receiptof substance...

Trends in the Prevalence of Behaviors that Contribute to Unintentional Injury: National YRBS: 1991-2019

This chart, based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Surveys from 1991–2019, compares the percentage of students in grades 9 to 12 who rode with a driver who had been...

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.

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 day.

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).

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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.

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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 discusses the...

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 reduce the...

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 alcohol, liquor...

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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YRBS Explorer

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

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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 the...

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 TV.

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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.

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Trends in the Prevalence of Alcohol Use: National YRBS: 1991-2019

This chart, based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, shows the prevalence of current alcohol use by students in grades 9 to 12 from 1991–2019. Percentage of students who consumed...

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 Human...

YRBS Data Summary & Trends

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement on the 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides the most recent surveillance data on health behaviors and experiences among high school...

Mind Matters

The Mind Matters series is a resource for teachers. It includes nine engaging printed materials designed to help...

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.

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Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young...

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...

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 from...

College Alcohol-Related Statistics: Consequences of Alcohol Use

This webpage lists 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...

Easy Access to FBI Arrest Statistics

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides a database of arrest statistics for 2008-2014, by offense, and for adults, juveniles, or all ages. Arrest statistics for youth ages...

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 shown...

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...

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol - Parents

This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. It offers suggestions for better communication between parents and their children, explains the unique risks...

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—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...

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...

Juvenile Justice Bulletin: Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders

This bulletin describes what is known about the relationships among adolescent substance use, criminal activity, and treatment, based on current research and data from Pathways to Desistance, an Office of...

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

This is a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

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...

Stress Effects on Alcohol-Motivated Behaviors

The current study examined the effects of psychosocial stress on alcohol cravings and alcohol-motivated behaviors in people with alcohol use disorder. Findings showed that the stress test increased alcohol cravings...

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.

Adolescents’ experiences with alcohol use and expectations about peer use affect drinking onset.

Researchers analyzed data from a longitudinal survey of adolescent substance use and health behaviors. They found interacting effects, within individuals, of early initiation, alcohol outcome experiences, and perceived social norms. ...

Examining resources to prevent underage drinking from a social ecological perspective

Adolescent and college underage drinking are significant public health problems both on their own and together. It is important for prevention professionals to understand and help prevent the development of...

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.

Does parental influence decrease as their children progress through college?

Alcohol use prevention research has shown that parents are very influential on their children’s drinking behavior, even after they leave to go to college. However, less is known about how...

Social stress and alcohol initiation in adolescent girls

Social stress may be an important factor that influences adolescent alcohol use; however, most studies looking at social stress and alcohol have been limited by reliance on self-report. This current...

Identifying risk and protective factors to prevent alcohol use during tailgating

Tailgating before college football games can be a common site of alcohol use. Understanding what contributes to alcohol use at these events may highlight opportunities for prevention. The context and...

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...

Alcohol and marijuana use predicted sexual intercourse in truant adolescents

Researchers studied data from a group of at-risk, truant adolescents to understand the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on the odds of engaging in sexual intercourse on a given...

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...

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.

Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI)

ARDI is an online application that provides national and state estimates of alcohol-related health impacts, including deaths and years of potential life lost (YPLL).

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 women’s...

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...

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.

Fall Semester—A Time for Parents To Discuss the Risks of College Drinking

This fact sheet outlines the consequences of harmful and underage college drinking, factors affectingstudent drinking, and strategies for addressing college drinking. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuseand Alcoholism; 2020)...

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...

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...

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...

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.

HealthyPeople.gov

National Teen Driver Safety Week

This week (typically celebrated in October) - and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the...

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

The Navigator helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one, as well as healthcare professionals...

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.

NIDA for Teens

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.

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

The CBHSQ Report: A Day in the Life of Young Adults: Substance Use Facts

This issue of The CBHSQ Report presents facts about young adults' substance use, including informationon the initiation of substance use, past year substance use, emergency department visits, and receiptof substance...

Trends in the Prevalence of Behaviors that Contribute to Unintentional Injury: National YRBS: 1991-2019

This chart, based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Surveys from 1991–2019, compares the percentage of students in grades 9 to 12 who rode with a driver who had been...

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.

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 day.

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).

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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.

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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 discusses the...

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 reduce the...

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 alcohol, liquor...

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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YRBS Explorer

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

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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 the...

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 TV.

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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.

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Trends in the Prevalence of Alcohol Use: National YRBS: 1991-2019

This chart, based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, shows the prevalence of current alcohol use by students in grades 9 to 12 from 1991–2019. Percentage of students who consumed...

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 Human...

YRBS Data Summary & Trends

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement on the 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides the most recent surveillance data on health behaviors and experiences among high school...

Mind Matters

The Mind Matters series is a resource for teachers. It includes nine engaging printed materials designed to help...

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.

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Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young...

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...

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