Information about Alcohol and Other Drugs for Families
A variety of resources are available regarding alcohol and other drugs. Below are a list of websites that provide credible, up-to-date information about alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.
Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss)
Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss) is a program designed to help parents talk to their children about underage drinking. As a parent, talking to your child about certain subjects can be difficult, but it's not impossible. The Parents LEAD website was created to assist parents in helping their kids make the right decision. This website includes tips for starting the conversation and handling questions from your children of all ages, including college-age.
Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain
New discoveries about adolescent brain development have opened up fresh ways of thinking about teen behavior, and offer new insight into how parents can help their teens understand the risks of drugs and alcohol. For instance:
- Scientific evidence reveals that the brain is fully mature at about age 25 — much later than previously believed.
- One of the last areas of the brain to develop is the Prefrontal Cortex, which is responsible for processing information, making judgments, controlling impulses, and foreseeing consequences.
Through an entertaining and compelling mix of media — video, interactive segments, scenario-based role-playing experiences, expert advice, and practical tips — A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain illustrates the links between teen behavior and the big changes happening in teen brains.
Rethinking Drinking (Nat'l Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
This website presents evidence-based information about risky drinking patterns, the alcohol content of drinks, and the signs of an alcohol problem, along with information about medications and other resources to help people who choose to cut back or quit drinking. The site also features interactive tools, such as calculators for measuring alcohol calories and drink sizes.
College Drinking Prevention (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
A one-stop resources for comprehensive researched information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse: Teens & Parents
Researchers at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have identified factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. Results of an annual survey are presented below in order to assist parents and other responsible adults to help the nation's teens grow up drug free.
High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota
High Risk High is a radio and web project about youth drinking in North Dakota. If you are a student, a teacher, a parent, or just interested in the topic, this website created by Prairie Public is for you.
We Don't Serve Teens (Federal Trade Commission)
We Don't Serve Teens is a national campaign to prevent underage drinking. This website provides parents and others with tools and information to reduce teen drinking and related harm. Including state specific information on drinking laws, answering questions about alcohol, dangers of teen drinking and alcohol advertising.
North Dakota Higher Education Consortium for Substance Abuse Prevention
An initiative of the North Dakota State University System, advocates for stronger prevention policies, collaborates in campus-community partnerships, and assists members of the consortium to develop assessment-based prevention programs.
Parents. The Anti-Drug.
TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Working with the nation's leading experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention, TheAntiDrug.com serves as a drug prevention information center, and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other.
The site provides parents and other adults caregivers access to:
- Helpful articles and advice from experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention;
- Science-based drug prevention information, news and studies;
- Support from other parents striving to keep their children drug-free;
- Perspectives of teens themselves.
Time to Act
How to tell if your teen is using and taking action to intervene.