You may be thinking, "If only I had the tools I need to address underage drinking." Well fortunately, you do. You've arrived in just the right place to equip yourself with free and factual information on underage drinking. Think of this area as an open toolbox full of relevant tips and ideas, with links to a variety of useful Web sites from many trusted organizations.
On this page, you'll find:
Downloads & Guides
For Parents & Adults
- STOP Underage Drinking
- Parents. The AntiDrug
- A Message to Parents & Teens (PDF)
- 40 Developmental Assets
- The First Year of Middle School (PDF)
- Get Conversation Going (PDF)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- We Don't Serve Teens
- Technology Safety Tips for Parents
- Social Networking Sites, A Parent’s Guide (PDF)
- Behind the Scenes of Adolescent Drug Use
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Resources
- Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Use
- The Parent Toolkit: A Drug and Alcohol Prevention Resource for Parents
- Time to Act! How to Tell if Your Teen is Using and Taking Action to Intervene
- Talking to Your Kids about Prescription Drug Abuse Brochure
- Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention
- SAMHSA’s Store
SAMHSA's national clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information providse youth, families, educators, and communities with useful programs, tips, strategies, downloadable materials, and other resources to support treatment prevention and recovery.
NotMYkid was born out of the real life experience of a family dealing with substance abuse with their teenage son. The organization is solidly committed to promoting positive life choices by educating youth, families and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors.
- Underage Drinking & Media Literacy
Kids and teens are bombarded with media messages at every turn—whether it’s product placement in a television program or an ad on their Facebook profiles. Sometimes those messages—whether purposefully or inadvertently—promote activities like drinking and smoking to kids and teenagers.
- Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign
Talk Early, Talk Often, Get Others Involved.
The Montana Attorney General's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign. With over four million people abusing prescription-type medications every year, prescription drug abuse is a growing problem across the country. In Montana, prescription drug abuse and misuse is a significant public health problem that has become a serious public safety concern.
- The Century Council
A national not-for-profit dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, developed Ask Listen Learn alongside a team of educators and psychologists specializing in middle school-aged students in 2003. A creative, multimedia program, Ask, Listen, Learn continues The Century Council's longstanding commitment to American youth following the retired initiative Ready or Not®: Talking With Kids About Alcohol.
- NET CETERA
Parent guide for chatting with kids about being on line
For Young Adults
- Above the Influence
Above the Influence. It’s a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that’s negative influence. And if you’re one of the teens who want to stay above it, you’ve come to the right spot.
- I Strengthen My Nation
A new media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (who plays Sam Uley in the Twilight Saga) encourages Native communities to address substance abuse by teens and young adults. The “I Strengthen My Nation” campaign empowers Native youth to resist drugs and alcohol and motivates parents to talk openly to their children about drug and alcohol use.
- Too Smart to Start
A website on avoiding underage alcohol use and its consequences. Test how much you know about how alcohol affects your body and your behavior. Learn about alcohol facts, myths and consequences. Get ideas for school papers, speeches, and presentations, and much more!
- Ask. Listen. Learn.
Provides middle school-aged kids and their parents with information about the dangers of underage drinking. A new interactive physical fitness and educational Ask, Listen, Learn Interactive Activity, along with strong new partnerships with Sports Illustrated for KIDS and PE4Life will allow The Century Council to distribute the program to schools and community organizations across the country.
The Cool Spot
Get a reality check about alcohol
- Young People and AA (PDF)
A message, kid to kid, from the youngest members of Alcoholics Anonymous
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Providing students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
- Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens
Help when underage drinking has become a repeat problem that requires intervention.
- State-approved Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs (PDF)
- Chemical Dependency Programs in Indian Country (PDF)
- Office of Public Instruction
OPI administers and reports the Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) which assists educators and health professionals in determining the prevalence of health-risk behaviors as self-reported by Montana youth.
- New Alive at 25 Program Aims to Keep Young Drivers Safe
Alive at 25 also includes a Parent Program to help parents reinforce basic driving skills and good decision-making in their teen drivers.
- Montana Meth Project
National Institute on Drug Abuse For teenagers. National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign For parents. National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign For teachers. methfreemt.org/education.asp
Impaired Driver Programs
- Children’s Safety Network: Community of Practices on Distracted and Impaired Driving
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
MADD isn't a crusade against alcohol consumption. Our focus is to look for effective solutions to the drunk driving and underage drinking problems, while supporting those who have already experienced the pain of these senseless crimes.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- National Safety Council
- MDT on Drugs & Alcohol
- MDT State Highway Traffice Safety Bureau
- Behind the Scenes of Adolescent Drug Use
Montana Prevention Needs Assessment Surveys
The latest underage drinking statistics and trends.
- Monitoring the Future
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.
- Montana County Prevention and Treatment Snapshot
- Montana Kids Count
- Office of Public Instruction – Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- DPHHS Addictive & Mental Disorders Division
- Department of Public Health & Human Services
- FACE Project
FACE is a national, non-profit organization that wants to revolutionize the public's understand about alcohol and its impact on individuals, communities and society. Mission is to advocate for action to reduce alcohol problems so people everywhere can experience life to its full potential.
- Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is one of the nation's preeminent independent, nonprofit organizations focusing on individual and social problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. PIRE is dedicated to merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals, communities, nations and the world.
- Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center
The vision of the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is to create healthier and safer environments in which states, local communities, and federal entities engage in practices that proactively and effectively limit youth access to alcohol and significantly reduce harmful consequences associated with alcohol use by underage youth.
- The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system's efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families.
- Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)
The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry to focus attention and action on industry practices that jeopardize the health and safety of America's youth.
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
The Center is working with colleges, universities, and proprietary schools throughout the country to develop strategies for changing campus culture, to foster environments that promote healthy lifestyles, and to prevent illegal alcohol and other drug use among students.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead agency in this country for research on alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and other health effects of alcohol.
Dedicated to promoting physician and community action on alcohol and health. We envision a world where underage alcohol use will be eliminated, and all people will be protected from the negative consequences of alcohol consumption, promotion and distribution.
- Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA)
CADCA is a membership organization of over 5000 anti-drug coalitions, each working to make their community safe, healthy, and drug-free.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest's Alcohol Policies Project
The Alcohol Policies Project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest seeks to curb the consequences of drinking through a comprehensive, prevention-oriented policy strategy. This Web site is geared toward alcohol policy advocates, providing updated news stories and action alerts. Further, the site includes factsheets on alcohol and youth, binge drinking, advertising, and taxes.
- Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free
A unique coalition of Governor's Spouses, Federal agencies, and public and private organizations, is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9 to 15. It is the only national effort that focuses on alcohol use in this age group.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
NHTSA provides leadership to the motor vehicle and highway safety community through the development of innovative approaches to reducing motor vehicle crashes and injuries.
- Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility (Book)
Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous - both to themselves and society at large. Underage alcohol use is associated with traffic fatalities, violence, unsafe sex, suicide, educational failure, and other problem behaviors that diminish the prospects of future...
- Surgeon General's Call to Action to Reduce Underage Drinking