Teens & Alcohol Resources
Underage drinking is a serious and common problem here in the United States. Studies show that the younger a person is when he or she starts drinking, the higher at risk he or she is for becoming an alcoholic later in life.
No matter what your views are about teen and preteen drinking, this page can provide knowledgeable information about alcohol that you can use as a foundation for addressing adolescent alcohol issues with your teen.
- Alcohol and Drug Use: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list that provides potentially useful resources for drug information and facts and educational materials.
- MADD Online – The Power of Parents: This Web site provides underage drinking information parents need to know, including tips, information on alcohol and brain development, issues surrounding underage drinking, parents' guides, research, and stories. The site focuses on the need for parents to prevent underage drinking.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: This large, in-depth Web site with many domains, including: publications, research information, news and events, resources, FAQs, clinical trials, what's new and information about NIAAA. The site provides resources including pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, posters, manuals, reports, data tables, graphics gallery, and related Web sites.
- Stop Underage Drinking – Parents: This federal Web site provides links to resources that will help parents discuss the important issues of alcohol with their children. Check out the publication Start Talking Before They Start Drinking; it has engaging graphics and surprising alcohol facts. It is also worthwhile to view the "Junior High/Middle School" section.