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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.

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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 - [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


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


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


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


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


04/06/2014 - [MA]
Underage Drinking
Enforcement To
Begin In Walpole
This Month


04/05/2014 - [IL]
Underage Drinking
Target Of Campaign


04/04/2014 - [AL]
Students Learn
Dangers Of
Drinking, Sign
Prom Promise


04/04/2014 - [GA]
Dawsonville Event
To Tackle Teen
Drinking


04/04/2014 - [OH]
Health Dept. Helps
Fight Underage
Drinking


04/04/2014 - [MD]
Coalition To Place
Underage Drinking
Warnings On
Beverages


04/03/2014 - [FL]
Town Hall Meeting
On Drugs And
Alcohol Draws
Large Crowd In
White Springs


04/03/2014 - [NM]
April 21: Day For
Parents To Talk
With Their Teens
About Not Drinking
Until Age 21


04/03/2014 - [AL]
ABC Board To Bring
Its 'Under Age,
Under Arrest'
Program To Foley
High


04/03/2014 - [TN]
PowerTalk 21
Emphasizes Hazards
Of Underage
Drinking


04/02/2014 - [MT]
Watford City Town
Hall Meeting Will
Address Underage
Drinking


04/02/2014 - [IN]
AG Zoeller And
Olympic Skater
Urge Kids To Say
'No' To Underage
Drinking


04/02/2014 - [MA]
Norton Police
Receive $5,000
Grat To Fight
Underage Drinking


04/02/2014 - [IL]
South High School
To Host Town Hall
Meeting On
Underage Drinking


04/02/2014 - [IL]
Coalition Tackles
Issus Facing Young
People Underage
Drinking, Drug Use
Addressed


04/01/2014 - [HI]
Maui Drinking
Prevention Program
Suggests "Be A
Jerk"


04/01/2014 - [SC]
9th Grade Students
Work To Reduce
Underage Drinking
In Horry County


04/01/2014 - [MI]
Underage Drinking
Forum Thursday


04/01/2014 - [DE]
Event Offers
'Proof' Of
Underage Drinking
Dangers


04/01/2014 - [VA]
Virginia ABC
Taking Education
Grant Applications


04/01/2014 -
MADD: Parents Key
To Stopping
Underage Drinking


04/01/2014 - [SD]
Annual Town Hall
Meeting: "It's
Time- Have the
Talk"


03/31/2014 - [CA]
Underage Drinking,
Drug Abuse Focus
Of April 8 Truckee
Panel


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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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