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Resources to Prevent Adolescent Alcohol Use

OAH's Adolescent Health Library has federal resources about adolescent alcohol use for parents and youth-serving professionals. Some additional resources are listed below.

Did You Know?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has resources for parents, teachers, and communities on preventing alcohol use among adolescents of all ages.

For Parents

  • Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is a guide that explains what parents can do to prevent their children from drinking. It includes information on parenting styles, modeling behaviors, the role of genetics, and practical tips. 
  • Talk. They Hear You. Parent Resources, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides a suite of materials to help parents understand adolescent alcohol use and discuss it with their children. 
  • Teen Drinking and Driving: A Dangerous Mix—Vital Signs is a campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides data and information on teen drinking and driving. Its website outlines the problem, risk factors, and tips for how to help.
  • Talking with Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol, from SAMHSA, provides suggestions for talking about alcohol use with youth who are headed to college.

For Educators

For Communities

For Adolescents

  • Drug Facts: Alcohol, from NIDA for Teens, has facts, videos, blog posts, and more for adolescents who want to learn about alcohol. 
  • Underage Drinking – Myths vs. Facts, from SAMHSA, provides facts about alcohol use and gives adolescents information about what to do if they or a friend has an alcohol problem.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline, at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is a free, confidential, 24/7 treatment information and referral service for anyone facing substance use and mental health disorders. The helpline provides information in English and Spanish and referrals to local treatment centers, support groups, and community-based organizations.
  • SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for anyone seeking treatment facilities in the United States for substance use or mental health disorders. 

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on March 29, 2019