Start the Conversation Early About the Dangers of Underage Drinking

Most young people ages 12 to 20 do not drink. However, in 2012, about 9.3 million young people in this age group, or one out of four, had used alcohol. It is important to talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. Helping them to understand that they do not need to drink to fit in and have fun is key. It is also important to teach them ways to say no and how to cope with peer pressure. Teachers and parents can use the resources on Too Smart to Start to begin the conversation.


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