Young people are naturally curious about everything around them―including alcohol. According to A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts Update, an average of 7,639 12- to 17-year-olds begin using alcohol every day of the year. Those who begin drinking before age 15 are five times as likely to have problems with alcohol dependence or abuse when they become adults as opposed to those who wait until age 21.
- Students can play research-based, interactive games that explore brain science while practicing their responses to difficult social situations involving alcohol.
- Educators can use science-based lesson plans, resources, and recorded scenarios to help students and parents learn about the dangers of underage alcohol use.
- Parents can learn how alcohol affects their child’s brain and has the potential to put their child at risk for falling behind in school.
- Prevention- and education-focused organizations can use AlcoholFX and its related promotional materials, including a video, to promote teacher–student and student–parent conversations about the risks of underage alcohol use.
Teachers play an important role in helping their students make healthy choices- including how to avoid alcohol. SAMHSA’s new AlcoholFX app makes it easier for teachers to integrate underage drinking prevention into their curriculum. SAMHSA also encourages parents, as their children’s first and foremost teachers, to help their children understand the consequences of alcohol use.