Get the Facts
Some questions about alcohol and other drugs can be hard to answer, so it’s important to be prepared. The following resources can help you answer questions about underage drinking and drug use.
Maine Government – https://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/impaired-driving/guide.html
Possession, transportation, and furnishing of alcohol… what are the actual laws in Maine and what are the repercussions for violating those laws? Find out with this guide to Maine liquor and liability laws.
This site provides the latest science-based information about the health effects and consequences of drug use and resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health.
Parent resources include…
- Drug Fact Sheets
- Scientists Answer Teens Most Popular Questions
- Advocate for Change
Parents Empowered – www.parentsempowered.com
This media and education campaign is designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use.
Parent resources include…
- Using a 3-Step Process of Bonding, Boundaries, and Monitoring
- Four Ways to Prevent Underage Drinking Bookmark
- Interactive Games
Why Have the Alcohol Talk Early: A Pediatrician’s Perspective – healthychildren.org, American Academy of Pediatrics
As parents, we need to remember the harsh reality that our children are not immune to the vices of this world, and alcohol is a frequent culprit. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), alcohol is the substance most frequently abused by teens, and its use leads to the most injuries and deaths from accidents, homicides, and suicides among teens. Learn more with this guide.
The Science of Addiction – ShatterProof.org
Get the facts about how addiction affects our bodies, our brains, and our behavior, while learning about the biological and psychological factors that often drive addiction. Learn more with this article.
Shaping of the Teen Brain – BrainFacts.org
Puberty and adolescence are simultaneous events that correspond with major behavioral and hormonal changes. Adolescents develop complex thinking, become notorious risk-takers — sometimes experimenting with drugs — and they shift the focus of their social relationships from family to peers. Learn more with this article.
U.S. government agencies and scores of alcohol-awareness groups say that no amount of underage drinking is permissible, and that no matter where it comes from, teens who drink alcohol are at extra risk of being involved in motor-vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides and accidents of all kinds, as well as unplanned sex, unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Learn more with this study.