Community:

  • Place underage alcohol use on agendas for PTA, local government, faith group and service clubs.
  • Write letters to the editors of newspapers. Ask them to print articles about the dangers of early alcohol use.
  • Contact officials at local and state levels to inform them about the problem and what can be done to solve it.
  • Increase support for consistent enforcement of existing underage drinking laws in your community.
  • Encourage your schools to adopt constructive alcohol policies and prevention programs.
  • Talk to teachers, counselors, school administrators and school board members to make sure that school prevention programs put equal emphasis on alcohol and illicit drug use.
  • Involve young people in your community’s existing prevention efforts.
  • Support recreational alternatives to drinking and provide alcohol-free events for young people.
  • Encourage parents to learn about their responsibilities regarding alcohol access and serving alcohol to kids in their homes.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of early alcohol use.
  • Encourage friends and neighbors to talk to their children.
  • Ask your health care provider to discuss alcohol use with your children.
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