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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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“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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