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Make Smarter Decisions About Alcohol Use

If you are concerned about your alcohol use, visit the Find Help page or speak with your family physician or another adult you trust.

It is possible to drink legally and safely - when you're over 21. But if you're under 21, or if you drink too much at any age, alcohol can be especially risky.

Many kids begin drinking as early as middle school or even sooner. This is dangerous. Kids who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime and sexual assault. They are more likely to have serious problems in school. They are more likely to be involved in drinking-related traffic crashes. They are also more likely to develop problems with alcohol later in life.

Information About Underage Drinking

Whether you drink alcohol or not, explore the resources below to learn more about underage drinking and the effects it can have on your health. Also learn about some of the legal issues of underage drinking.

Too Smart to Start: Not drinking before age 21 is smart. Why? Because alcohol affects every organ in your body, including your brain.

Teens Health-Alcohol: This article provides some information on alcohol, including how it affects your body, so you can make an educated choice.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Youth: The decisions you make about alcohol and drugs today will influence your health, your grades, your future. 

Off to College: Learn about the consequences of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning, a serious problem on many college campuses.

The Cool Spot: In middle school? This is the site to learn about underage drinking.

What Kids Say About Drinking AlcoholMost kids said teens who drink alcohol are not cool.

General Information About Substance Abuse

These sites provide in depth information about a wide range of substance abuse issues. All of the content is reliable and up-to-date.

NIDA for Teens: This website was designed just for you! Learn more about different types of drugs and how you can make the right decisions. Ask questions that you don’t feel comfortable asking other adults and connect with other teens. Even test your knowledge about drugs through interactive games. Do you want to spread awareness to your friends and classmates? NIDA for Teens has the tools to help you- just click on the link to get started!

Drug Guide: Everything you need to know about alcohol and street drugs from Drugfree.org. the information is up-to-date and includes drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, and more.

Drug Prevention 4Teens: This handbook will help you understand the impact that substance abuse has on society. Learn about how to prevent substance abuse and use the detailed guide to help raise awareness among your peers and the community.

Above the Influence: Are you ready to live “above the influence” and say no to drugs? This site will help you learn to recognize the influences around you and help you make smarter decisions when put under pressure. If you are worried that a friend or loved one might have a substance abuse problem, find out how you can help on this site..  

Just Think Twice: Learn the difference between facts and fiction on substance use. Ask other teens questions about how they react to certain situations and read answers to questions that other people like you are asking.


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