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April Recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 1, 2023) – Talk it Out NC, the North Carolina initiative to prevent underage drinking, is joining forces with Governor Roy Cooper as he raises awareness about alcohol misuse. On April 10th, Governor Cooper issued a proclamation announcing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. He shared that excessive drinking is the third leading […]

How to Prevent Drunk Driving: 7 Realistic Tips for Parents

Teenage drinking and driving is every parent’s worst nightmare. Talking about it with your teen is the best way to prevent drunk driving. Arm yourself by learning some real-world tips on how to prevent teenage drinking and driving. In the United States, one person dies every 45 minutes from drunk-driving crashes, the National Highway Traffic […]

What Happens if You Get Caught Drinking Under 21?

  The penalties for underage drinking can be harsh — from losing your driver’s license to being suspended from college. Here’s the bottom line on what happens if you get caught drinking under 21 years old. As the parent of a teenager, you want them to have a fun and productive high school experience. The […]

How Does Alcohol Affect Athletic Performance?

  Johnny Manziel was one of the biggest stars in college and professional football after winning the Heisman trophy and becoming a first-round draft pick. He earned the nickname “Johnny Football.” Fame, fortune, and football — he had it all, and maybe it was too much. Manziel admits to drinking too much and entered rehab. […]

10 Substance Abuse Risk Factors in Teens

  No one is immune to alcohol use disorder, but some risk factors could lead teens to be more likely to drink alcohol than others. In a survey of high school students in 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24% of teens in North Carolina drank alcohol. To lower that number, learn […]

How to Talk To Your Middle Schooler About Alcohol

By the time kids become tweens, most of them have been exposed to alcohol in person or on television or social media. That’s why it’s especially important to talk to middle schoolers about underage drinking. They’re undoubtedly forming opinions about substance misuse, and they need to hear from responsible influences who care about their health […]

D.A.R.E. Program Effectiveness: Why it Failed

Just saying “no” wasn’t enough to stop kids from doing drugs and alcohol.   The Drug Assistance Rehabilitation Education, or D.A.R.E., program debuted to great fanfare in 1983. D.A.R.E. was a series of classroom lessons designed to be taught by police officers. The lessons focused on teaching children about peer pressure and the negative effects of […]