Saving Lives: Prevent & Reduce Underage Drinking
Did you know . . .
- The majority of adolescents who start drinking do so when they are in the 7th or 8th grade and are about 13-14 years old. That is why parents, caregivers, teachers, and other should start talking with children about alcohol use well before the teen years and should continue talking with them throughout adolescence.
- Underage drinking is everyone’s problem. Underage drinking can affect anyone, including the teen that doesn’t drink.
- Preventing and reducing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility. There is a role for everyone. Everyone needs to work together to change the culture around underage drinking.
- Underage drinking places our Nation’s most valuable resource — its youth — at risk.
It is time to stop accepting teen drinking as a rite of passage and to understand the threat it poses to healthy development. It’s time to replace an environment that all too often enables underage alcohol use with an environment that discourages it.
For more information about ways you can help to prevent and reduce underage drinking in your community, please check out, www.stopalcoholabuse.gov a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating the problem.
If you would like help talking to your children about drugs and alcohol, visit www.timetotalk.org