This Parent Page is for you, the parent of a
teen-aged youth. As a parent of teenagers and/or young adults, life is an
adventure. Being a good listener and communicator with your children is
of utmost importance, and may be most important when they are done
communicating with you.
By being aware of what is going on in their world, the pressures and
experiences they face, and the challenges in dealing with them, you can
make a difference in how safe they will be. Continue to be the parent, the
caring ear, and the voice of reason and guidance.
Created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov is a one-stop resource for
comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and
binge drinking among college students.
The link for High School students and Parents provides
pertinent age related information and multiple links that offer information and
facts surrounding alcohol abuse. The information may help you to have
important conversations with your kids about real life and death concerns.
Funded by a grant through The Century Council, researchers at George
Mason University, performed a multi-year research effort, "Understanding
Teen Drinking Cultures in America," The research project was designed to
gain a greater understanding of teen drinking and to provide a foundation for
future efforts to fight underage drinking. The reasearchers goal was to
better understand the psychological and sociological factors that affect youths
as they make decisions regarding whether to engage in alcohol-related
behaviors. This project's ultimate focus is upon WHO and/or WHAT might
influence future youth decisions to decline alcohol.
George Mason University lists additional resources that may be helpful for those seeking
information or assistance in addressing teen drinking. These links
are provided as a starting point, and include a brief description of the
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) designs and implements public education programs
that range from raising the awareness about the harms of underage drinking to helping
families live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Visit their site to learn more
about these programs.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA)
was established in 1992 by Congress to target substance abuse and mental health
services to the people most in need. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the
impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.