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Facts on Underage Drinking

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

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...

NACE Video

Critical Dialogue with Native Youth about Underage Drinking: Our Culture is Prevention features Native teens as they describe the pressures they face to drink, their reasons for declining to do...

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

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

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

This January 2015 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...

NHTSA Traffic Safety Fact Sheets

NHTSA publishes fact sheets reporting on fatal traffic crashes each year. The Young Driver Traffic Safety Facts sheetexternal link disclaimer includes crash and fatality statistics for drivers between ages 15...

Prevention 101 Series

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

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

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

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...

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.

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...

NACE Video

Critical Dialogue with Native Youth about Underage Drinking: Our Culture is Prevention features Native teens as they describe the pressures they face to drink, their reasons for declining to do...

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

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

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

This January 2015 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...

NHTSA Traffic Safety Fact Sheets

NHTSA publishes fact sheets reporting on fatal traffic crashes each year. The Young Driver Traffic Safety Facts sheetexternal link disclaimer includes crash and fatality statistics for drivers between ages 15...

Prevention 101 Series

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

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

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

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...

Resources

Monitoring the Future

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

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...

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Enhanced Enforcement of Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors

This factsheet about preventing excessive alcohol consumption provides general information on laws prohibiting sales to minors, and it includes recommendations and results from a systematic review process on practices and...

Alcohol Retailers Can Help Reduce Teen Drinking

Retailers play an essential role in reducing access to alcohol by underage youth. They can take steps to make sure that teens can't buy alcohol from their stores, and they...

Alcohol Policy Information System

The APIS website provides detailed information on 35 alcohol-related policies at the state and federal levels. Detailed information by state is available for each policy. Click on Highlight on Underage...

We Don't Serve Teens

Retailers can take steps to reduce teen drinking by making sure they don’t sell to underage youth. This website offers tips for reducing young people’s access to alcohol. (Federal Trade...

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...

Adolescent and School Health: School Connectedness

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

Talk. They Hear You.

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

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol

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

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...

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...

OJJDP: in Focus: Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention manages the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program, which supports and enhances efforts by states and local jurisdictions to reduce the...

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

It supports the goals of the task force, which include (1) providing research-based information about the nature and extent of dangerous drinking to high school and college administrators, students, parents,...

Strategic Media Advocacy for Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws

This report provides strategic tips on framing prevention messages for traditional and new media and working with journalists to ensure goal-driven coverage of underage drinking and its regulatory solutions.

Regulatory Strategies for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol: Best Practices

This guide describes ways to help your community shape and implement laws and regulations to minimize youth access to alcohol and maximize opportunities for effective enforcement and prevention.

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.

Supreme Court ruling on Tennessee’s residency requirements to sell alcohol

In 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to rule against the Tennessee state alcohol review board’s requirement that applicants for a liquor license must have lived in...

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: 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...

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.

Community How to Guides on Underage Drinking Prevention

The Community How to Guides provide information on the fundamental components of planning and implementing a comprehensive underage drinking prevention program. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation;...

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 problem. More...

We Don't Serve Teens Program Web Site

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

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

Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). IHS is the principal federal healthcare provider and health advocate for...

MyHealthfinder

National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's

The National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's mission is to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being,...

National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA)

The National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply...

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...

NIAAA's brochures and fact sheets

NIAAA's fact sheet on 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 Teens

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

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...

SAMHSA Short Reports on Underage Drinking

SAMHSA’s AlcoholFX app

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

NSDUH Data Review: Risk and Protective Factors and Initiation of Substance Use: Results From the 2016National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This report uses NSDUH data to assess changes in people’s perceptions of great risk of harm associatedwith alcohol and other drug use and the perceived availability of substances. Trends are...

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

Teen Driving page of NHTSA.gov

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

That Guy Web Site

The 2015 DoD survey of health-related behaviors reported that, in general, higher percentages of problematic drinkers were found among junior enlisted members, although the percentage of hazardous or disordered drinkers...

Underage Drinking

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

Underage Drinking & Driving: the Ultimate Party Foul

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

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

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

Webcast: Communities Talk: Planning a Successful 2016 Town Hall Meeting

This live-recorded webcast discusses how SAMHSA grantees, colleges and universities, and members of community-based organizations involved in substance abuse prevention can participate in the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to...

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.

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...

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Enhanced Enforcement of Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors

This factsheet about preventing excessive alcohol consumption provides general information on laws prohibiting sales to minors, and it includes recommendations and results from a systematic review process on practices and...

Alcohol Retailers Can Help Reduce Teen Drinking

Retailers play an essential role in reducing access to alcohol by underage youth. They can take steps to make sure that teens can't buy alcohol from their stores, and they...

Alcohol Policy Information System

The APIS website provides detailed information on 35 alcohol-related policies at the state and federal levels. Detailed information by state is available for each policy. Click on Highlight on Underage...

We Don't Serve Teens

Retailers can take steps to reduce teen drinking by making sure they don’t sell to underage youth. This website offers tips for reducing young people’s access to alcohol. (Federal Trade...

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...

Adolescent and School Health: School Connectedness

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

Talk. They Hear You.

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

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol

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

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...

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...

OJJDP: in Focus: Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention manages the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program, which supports and enhances efforts by states and local jurisdictions to reduce the...

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

It supports the goals of the task force, which include (1) providing research-based information about the nature and extent of dangerous drinking to high school and college administrators, students, parents,...

Strategic Media Advocacy for Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws

This report provides strategic tips on framing prevention messages for traditional and new media and working with journalists to ensure goal-driven coverage of underage drinking and its regulatory solutions.

Regulatory Strategies for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol: Best Practices

This guide describes ways to help your community shape and implement laws and regulations to minimize youth access to alcohol and maximize opportunities for effective enforcement and prevention.

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.

Supreme Court ruling on Tennessee’s residency requirements to sell alcohol

In 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to rule against the Tennessee state alcohol review board’s requirement that applicants for a liquor license must have lived in...

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: 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...

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.

Community How to Guides on Underage Drinking Prevention

The Community How to Guides provide information on the fundamental components of planning and implementing a comprehensive underage drinking prevention program. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation;...

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 problem. More...

We Don't Serve Teens Program Web Site

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

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

Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). IHS is the principal federal healthcare provider and health advocate for...

MyHealthfinder

National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's

The National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's mission is to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being,...

National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA)

The National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply...

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...

NIAAA's brochures and fact sheets

NIAAA's fact sheet on 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 Teens

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

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...

SAMHSA Short Reports on Underage Drinking

SAMHSA’s AlcoholFX app

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

NSDUH Data Review: Risk and Protective Factors and Initiation of Substance Use: Results From the 2016National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This report uses NSDUH data to assess changes in people’s perceptions of great risk of harm associatedwith alcohol and other drug use and the perceived availability of substances. Trends are...

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

Teen Driving page of NHTSA.gov

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

That Guy Web Site

The 2015 DoD survey of health-related behaviors reported that, in general, higher percentages of problematic drinkers were found among junior enlisted members, although the percentage of hazardous or disordered drinkers...

Underage Drinking

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

Underage Drinking & Driving: the Ultimate Party Foul

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

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

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

Webcast: Communities Talk: Planning a Successful 2016 Town Hall Meeting

This live-recorded webcast discusses how SAMHSA grantees, colleges and universities, and members of community-based organizations involved in substance abuse prevention can participate in the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to...

Contributed Research