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Most young people ages 12 to 20 do not drink. However, in 2012, about 9.3 million young people in this age group, or one out of four, had used alcohol.1 Alcohol use can interfere with their health, academic, and workplace performance and their relationships with friends and family.2

Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. With your help, we can make sure that young people understand that they do not need to drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up. Use the resources on this site to help young people be too smart to start.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of national findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Author.

2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). Report to Congress on the prevention and reduction of Underage drinking.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day May 6,2014 The national launch event for Awareness Day 2014 takes place on May 6 in conjunction with the National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference in Washington, DC. The launch event will focus on the unique needs of young adults, ages 16–25, with mental health challenges and the value of peer support in helping young adults build resilience in the four life domains of housing, education, employment and health care access. For more information, please visit http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.asp.

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04/23/2014 - [HI]
Underage Drinking
Topic Of Event


04/23/2014 - [IA]
Experts: Underage
Drinking
Problematic In
Iowa


04/23/2014 - [MT]
Carroll College
Students Surprised
By Results Of Fake
ID, Underage
Drinking Survey


04/23/2014 - [WI]
Keg Tracking
Ordinance Could Be
Eliminated


04/22/2014 - [IL]
Parents Meet To
Curb Underage
Drinking


04/22/2014 - [MI]
Local Students
Create Public
Service
Announcements To
Promote Dangers of
Underage Drinking


04/22/2014 - [ME]
Old Town Police
Tip Program
Combats Underage
Drinking


04/22/2014 - [DC]
WRAP Contest For
Cool Ideas To
Prevent Underage
Drinking


04/22/2014 - [NM]
Governor, Mayor,
Others Decry
Underage Drinking
At MADD Event


04/21/2014 - [IA]
Siouxland Students
Tackle Underage
Drinking Problem


04/21/2014 - [AL]
Town Meeting On
Underage Drinking,
Drug Use


04/21/2014 - [NY]
Community Forum On
Underage Drinking


04/19/2014 - [ME]
High School
Students Battle
Underage Drinking
With Project
Sticker Shock


04/18/2014 - [TX]
MADD Texas
Highlights Risk Of
Underage Drinking


04/18/2014 - [MA]
LGH Sponsors
Taylor's Message:
The Dangers Of
Underage Binge
Drinking


04/18/2014 - Teen
Drinking And
Driving Prevention
Workshop Next Week


04/18/2014 - [IL]
Underage Drinking
Talk Set For
Thursday


04/17/2014 - [WI]
UW-La Crosse Makes
Potentially Life
Saving Change To
Underage Drinking
Policy


04/17/2014 - [NY]
Steuben County To
Consider Social
Host Ordinance


04/17/2014 - [IN]
Indiana Launches
Crackdown On
Underage Drinking


04/17/2014 - [WV]
WVU, City Talk
Underage,
High-Risk Drinking
Solutions


04/17/2014 - [SC]
TRPD Awarded For
Efforts Against
Drunken Driving,
Underage Drinking


04/17/2014 - [KS]
Town Hall Meeting
To Feature Drunk
Driving Warning


04/17/2014 - [NC]
Camp Lejune
Recognizes Alcohol
Awareness Month


04/17/2014 - [NY]
New NY Law Would
Require Underage
Party Bus
Passengers To Have
Adult Chaperone


04/16/2014 - [MD]
Talbot Partnership
Launches New
Campaign


04/16/2014 - [IA]
Students And
Parents Invited To
Town Hall Meeting
To Fight Underage
Drinking


04/16/2014 - [IA]
Media Campaign In
Monona County


04/16/2014 - [MD]
Parents Encouraged
To Stay Vigilant
To Curb Underage
Drinking


04/16/2014 - [NH]
Event To Assist
Parents With Teens


04/15/2014 - [NE]
Grants Coult Help
Battle Underage
Drinking


04/15/2014 - [WV]
WVU Hosting
Meeting On
Underage And High
Risk Drinking


04/15/2014 - [MO]
Meeting To Address
Underage Drinking


04/14/2014 - [MT]
Frenchtown
Presentations To
Look AT Underage
Drinking


04/14/2014 - [CA]
Survey Of GWHS
Students Shows
Surprising Data
About Underage
Drinking


04/14/2014 - [VT]
Vermont Officials
Raise Awareness Of
Teen Drinking,
Drug Use


04/11/2014 - [WI]
Buffalo County
Youth, Sheriff's
Department Working
To Curb Underage
Drinking


04/11/2014 - [SC]
Agencies Stepping
Up To Curb
Underage Drinking


04/11/2014 - [IL]
Social Hosting
Ordinance Now On
The Books In
Kewanee


04/10/2014 - [WI]
La Crosse's Mayor
Delcares April
'Parents Who Host,
Lose The Most'
Month


04/10/2014 - [SD]
Parents Group
Holds Meeting To
Combat Underage
Drinking


04/10/2014 - [MA]
Drinking
Prevention Forum
Set In Pelham


04/10/2014 - [IA]
Iowa Senate
Approves Underage
Drinking Bill


04/10/2014 - [VT]
Website Offers
More 'Parent Up'
Help To Prevent
Underage Drinking


04/10/2014 - [AZ]
"Too Young To
Drink": Students
Honored For
Underage Drinking
PSA


04/10/2014 - [PA]
MCCC, Aldersgate
To Host Community
Discussion On
Drugs, Alcohol


04/09/2014 - [WI]
Parents Who Host
Lose


04/09/2014 - [MI]
Downriver
Coalition To Host
Information
Session On
Underage Drinking


04/09/2014 - [PA]
Pennsylvania
Liquor Control
Board Alcohol
Education
Conference Focuses
Attention on
Alcohol-Related
Issues in
College/University
Communities


04/09/2014 - [CA]
Fontana teens
urged to have a
'Safe and Sober
Prom' by not
drinking and
driving; see video


04/08/2014 - MADD
Releases
First-Ever Victim
Services Report
During Crime
Victims' Rights
Week


04/08/2014 - [WI]
Parents Who Host
Campaign
Encourages Talk
About Underage
Drinking To Young
Children


04/08/2014 - [IL]
Town Hall Meeting
To Discuss
Underage Drinking


04/08/2014 - [AR]
WISE To Host Town
Hall Meeting On
Underage Drinking


04/07/2014 - [NC]
State Targeting
Underage Drinking


04/07/2014 - [OK]
Hosting Prom Party
Could Result In
Felony


04/07/2014 - [IL]
Tazwell County
Aims To Reduce
Teen Drinking


04/07/2014 - [NC]
Tips On Fighting
Underage Drinking
In The Piedmont


04/07/2014 - [IA]
Jackson County
Hosting Meetings
On Underage
Drinking


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“Talk. They Hear You.” is a national Campaign from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that empowers parents to talk to children as young as 9 years old about the dangers of underage drinking. This 1-hour archived webinar helps organizations learn how to adopt and adapt “Talk. They Hear You.” materials for local use.

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