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Take Action To Prevent
Underage Drinking

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Everyone Can Do Something to Help Prevent Underage Alcohol Misuse

Support For Teens And Young Adults

Once you’ve read the resources, you may feel like taking a public stand against underage drinking is scary. Your courage can be the reason your friends or teammates choose not to drink.

The good news is you’re not alone. Did you know?

• Fewer teenagers than ever are drinking alcohol
• Underage binge drinking has steadily declined over the past decade
• Six out 10 teens have never consumed alcohol
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Are you concerned about a friend who may be drinking too much? Here are a few signs to watch for:

  • Changes in mood, including anger and irritability
  • Academic or behavioral problems in school
  • Changing groups of friends or withdrawing from their usual social circle
  • Less interest in activities or care about their appearance

Download other insights and information like this from SAMHSA.

Parents And Youth Mentors

One of the most important things you can do to help the young people you love resist the urge to experiment with underage drinking is to talk to them.

Did you know?

• From 2003 to 2021, conversations between children and their parents increased by 38%, and during this same period, underage drinking decreased by 44% 2
• 60% of teens cite their parents as having the most influence in their decision-making around underage drinking 3
• 80% of teens feel that parents should have a say in whether or not they drink alcohol 4

There’s no better time than now to Start the Conversation.

Not sure what to say to your child? Here are some tips.

Preventing Underage Drinking Is A Job For Everyone

Local leaders, medical professionals, passionate neighbors. At Talk it Out NC, we believe that together we can all help the children and teenagers across our state make smart, safe decisions about alcohol. Whether you run an after school program, lead a community group, or have personal experience with alcohol misuse and recovery, you can make a difference.

Achieving our mission can only happen when we work together. At Talk it Out NC, we’re looking for good ideas and passionate participants from school groups, coaches, law enforcement, students, parents, churches, and counselors… people like you!

There are a lot of actions you can take to help prevent underage drinking. Here are a few to help you get started:

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