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Stats & Reports
- Centers for Disease Control National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) 2015: This report documents the results from the 2015 national YRBS, which indicate that many high school students are engaged in priority health-risk behaviors, including alcohol and drug use, associated with the leading causes of death among 10- to 24-year-olds in the U.S.
- Pennsylvania Youth Survey 2015: The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS), a biennial survey conducted in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1989, focuses on students grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 and exists to gather information about youth knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
- GfK Roper Youth Report – Influences on Youth Decisions about Drinking: A survey-based report offered by research company GfK Roper that identifies various influences on teens and concludes parents have been the strongest influence of all for the last 25 years.
- The Core Institute of Southern Illinois University: The Core Institute develops surveys to quantify and document college students' attitudes, perceptions and opinions about alcohol and drugs, and has amassed the largest database on alcohol and other drug use at post-secondary educational institutions. The website contains a comprehensive alcohol and drug survey for higher education that assesses the nature, scope and consequences of alcohol and other drug use on college campuses.
- 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States. NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Resources for Parents of Teens
- CDC Fact Sheet on Underage Drinking: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides this fact sheet on underage drinking, drinking levels among youths and consequences.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens provides teens with quick, easy-to-read facts about alcohol and drugs, along with educational videos, games, blogs and downloadable publications. This youth-oriented site includes chat and real questions from other teens answered by experts.
- Hhs.gov Office of Adolescent Health: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Adolescent Health’s site offers resources for families to understand factors that contribute to underage drinking, and how to communicate with teens to prevent them from drinking.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): The mission of MADD is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD’s Power of Parents program empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.
- College Drinking – Changing the Culture: This site was developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institutes of Health to focus on the problem of college binge drinking. For parents, the site provides alcohol facts, risks and the importance of assessing a college’s alcohol culture when selecting a college. Tools include a searchable list of links to college alcohol policies.
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides support for families with a son or daughter who is abusing drugs or alcohol. Parents can learn about the signs of abuse, latest news and treatment options, recovery, find one-on-one support and Q&A from other parents and more.
- The Addiction Center: The Addiction Center provides information on underage drinking health and societal impacts as well as resources for intervention, treatment and support.
- Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: As of July 2012, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), formerly under the Department of Health, became a department. This change reflects a strong commitment by the commonwealth to provide education, intervention and treatment programs to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse and dependency for all Pennsylvanians.
- Al–Anon Family Groups: Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD): The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. is a valuable resource for millions of people struggling with alcoholism and addiction. The website provides information on local NCADD affiliates who can provide assistance, as well as resources and the latest news and information.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) Alcohol Treatment Navigator: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Alcohol Treatment Navigator provides detailed information on alcohol treatment for adults including what treatment options are available and how to find high-quality, professional care.