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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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Carroll College
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04/23/2014 - [WI]
Keg Tracking
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04/22/2014 - [IL]
Parents Meet To
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04/22/2014 - [MI]
Local Students
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Announcements To
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Underage Drinking

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

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

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
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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:
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Underage Binge

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

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

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

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
High-Risk Drinking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]
Presentations To
Look AT Underage

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

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

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

04/11/2014 - [IL]
Social Hosting
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Lose The Most'

04/10/2014 - [SD]
Parents Group
Holds Meeting To
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04/10/2014 - [MA]
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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

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

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

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

04/09/2014 - [PA]
Liquor Control
Board Alcohol
Conference Focuses
Attention on
Issues in

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

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

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

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
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Hosting Prom Party
Could Result In

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Tazwell County
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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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