The mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA’s many programs to create communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco, and suicide are described on this strategic initiative page.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources
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 drinking and reports on state policies, enforcement activities, and prevention programs underway to address the problem. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, May 2011)
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and State-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs (including nonmedical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States. This annual survey is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is the primary source of information on prevalence, patterns, and consequences in the general U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population, ages 12 and older. Data and findings are reported in a full survey report as well as in numerous special short reports related to underage drinking.
NSDUH Reports on Underage Drinking
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population, ages 12 and older. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration periodically publishes The NSDUH Report, which presents special topics based on NSDUH data. Reports related to underage drinking include:
The SAMHSA Store is a central repository of its 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 the search box for a full listing of products on this public health problem.
Please visit the following Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services—sponsored Web sites for many additional resources for youth, their families and educators, and communities to prevent underage drinking:
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future
campaign offers tips and activities for parents and a curriculum for preschool teachers to use in helping children 3 to 6 years old learn about good decisions and positive relationships and so create their foundation in avoiding harmful substances.
Too Smart To Start provides information about underage drinking prevention for youth and teens, their parents and educators, and community leaders.
- SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign gives parents and caregivers the information and resources they need to start talking with children as young as age 9 about the dangers of underage drinking.
Quick Quiz Widget
Ready for a challenge? The Quick Quiz widget is an interactive and periodically changing feature that tests users’ knowledge on underage drinking. It is generated from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking’s research findings. The questions and answers are intended to stimulate discussions about preventing and reducing underage drinking among parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth.
There is no cost to maintain the widget and very little time is required to copy it and share it with others. Test your knowledge today!
TSTS Newsroom and Widget: Save Time, Stay Informed, Share
The In the News newsroom, now featured on the Too Smart To Start (TSTS) home page, keeps individuals and organizations informed with the latest news on underage drinking. Sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the newsroom is updated regularly with local, State, and national articles published by online sources. Sources include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its key partners, mainstream media, government agencies, and other reputable producers of news content. The newsroom features an archive for retrieval of past articles and a searchable database to make finding articles easier.
Also available is a widget that displays the newsroom content directly on your organization’s Web site. There’s no cost and very little time required to copy the widget and share up-to-date news on underage drinking.
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