You CAN influence your kids to stay away from alcohol.

Talk to your kids early and often! 3 out of 4 youth report that their PARENTS influence their decision to use alcohol more than their peers. Here are some resources to begin or continue the conversation with your kids.



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Power of Parents Guide for Talking About Alcohol

Because underage drinking poses special risks to young people and is illegal, this guidebook urges parents of middle school & high school students to:

  • Use the strategies recommended to talk with your child about alcohol, even if she or he doesn’t seem interested in drinking.
  • Mark passages that mean the most to you and commit to regularly using what you learn here.
  • Practice and perform the exercises and see what bene cial changes come about.
  • Actively monitor your kid’s daily activities.
  • Set a family rule of no alcohol use before age 21.
  • Agree on consequences for breaking the no-use rule; enforce
  • DOWNLOAD THE GUIDEBOOK HERE! Or click image at right --->

Parents Lead


Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss) is an evidence-based underage drinking prevention program targeting parents through statewide, web-based communication. The program is designed to help parents…

  • initiate and/or continue conversations with their children about underage drinking and other difficult subjects at any age
  • role-model positive and healthy behaviors
  • monitor their children’s whereabouts
  • provide support and engagement


"Talk. They Hear You." Application

Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids about underage drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app is available on desktop computers and on the go from the App Store, Google Play™, Windows® Store,  and Windows® Phone Store. 

The app features an interactive simulation that helps you learn the do's and don'ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you will:

  • Practice bringing up the topic of alcohol
  • Learn the questions to ask
  • Get ideas for keeping the conversation going

Addictive Substances Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms

A detailed breakdown of the common symptoms, resulting side effects and withdrawal issues associated with these specific substances: Alcohol, Benzodiazepine, Cocaine or Crack, Marijuana, Methamphetamines & Barbiturates. Click here or on image to download PDF

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