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.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Use
Researchers at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have researched factors related to teen substance abuse. Links to the survey results and other resources are found on their website: http://www.centeronaddiction.org/
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.