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Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Talk to your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A Message to Teenagers...How To Tell When Drinking Is Becoming a Problem- (PDF)

These 12 questions have been prepared to help teenagers who drink alcohol to decide whether they might have a drinking problem. A "yes" answer to any one of these questions can indicate a serious problem and the need to get help.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

Alcoholics Anonymous

Answering Questions About Alcohol

What can you say to people who think teen drinking is not a serious problem? Find common questions neighbors and friends may ask about teen drinking—and the answers.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Federal Trade Commission

CDC Vitalsigns: Binge Drinking

Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes more than 79,000 deaths in the U.S. each year and is a leading preventable cause of death. Reducing the marketing of alcohol to teens and young adults is one intervention that states can use to combat binge drinking.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC Vitalsigns: Drinking and Driving, A Threat to Everyone

Find out about the proven ways to prevent people from drinking and driving. Read the facts, choose not to drink and drive, and help others to do the same.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cool Spot: The Young Teen's Place for Information on Alcohol and Resisting Peer Pressure

The Cool Spot offers young teens online quizzes, games and tips to help them learn about alcohol and resist peer pressure to drink.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

Fall Semester - A Time for Parents to Revisit Discussions about College Drinking

As the fall semester begins, parents can use this important time to help prepare their college-age sons and daughters by talking with them about the consequences of excessive drinking.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

How Are Alcohol and Drugs Affecting Your Life? Self-Test For Teenagers

This online self-test can help teens decide if they are at risk for developing alcoholism and/or dependence on another drug.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

How to Locate a Meeting: Al-Anon/Alateen

Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are held in local communities to help families of alcoholics. Search these listings to find information and meetings held in your area, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, Inc.

Kids and Alcohol

Information for kids who want to know more about kids and alcohol. Find out why you shouldn't drink, what causes kids to drink, and what to do if you are concerned about a friend who's drinking.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

MADD Victim/Survivor Helpline

If you or a loved one has been affected by a drunk driving crash, find information and support by calling MADD's Victim/Survivor Helpline at 1-877-MADD-HELP (1-877-623-3435).

Review Date: January 29, 2013

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child about Alcohol

Your child looks to you for guidance and support in making life decisions—including the decision not to use alcohol. This guide offers talking tips and strategies to prevent underage drinking to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14.

Review Date: May 23, 2012

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

Opening Lifesaving Lines- (PDF)

Studies have shown that in families with more open communication, teens are less likely to engage in dangerous risk-taking behavior. This page is designed to facilitate communication between parents and teens about life decisions, peer pressure and destructive behavior.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Teen Alcohol Use Calculator

Answer these questions to learn if your teenager is likely to use alcohol.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

University of Maryland Medical Center

Time To Get Help: Parents Toll-Free Hotline

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed or have a specific question about your child’s drug or alcohol use? Our Parents Toll-Free Helpline is a nationwide support service that offers assistance to caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Too Smart to Start

Too Smart To Start Web site helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems. Find useful tips, tools, interactive games and exercises.

Review Date: December 12, 2014

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Underage Drinking: Steps To Take At Home

Parents will find ideas for bringing up the topic of drinking with their teens, plus research-proven strategies for preventing underage drinking at home and in their community.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

What to Look for - Signs and Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

If you’re worried that your son or daughter might be abusing alcohol or drugs, learn the warning signs and how to find help and support for yourself.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Why Is Adolescence a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction?

Judgment and decision-making skills are still developing in teens, so their ability to assess risks accurately and make sound decisions about using drugs may be limited. Preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may reduce the risk of progressing to later abuse and addiction.

Review Date: December 17, 2012

Phoenix House Center on Addiction and the Family

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