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SAMHSA News - July/August 2007, Volume 15, Number 4


Action Guides for Families, Educators

The Office of the Surgeon General recently released three new action guides based on the Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. (See SAMHSA News online, March/April 2007.)

The 14-page, colorful guides include strategies to prevent young people from taking that first sip of alcohol.

Straightforward headlines such as, “What Is ‘a Drink,’ Anyway?” make the information accessible to everyone. The three guides are written for specific audiences:

  • A Guide to Action for Families offers many ideas on how to protect teens from alcohol use, such as how to talk with children about alcohol and help them make good decisions in a loving, supportive way.

  • A Guide to Action for Communities focuses on how to change collective and individual attitudes about underage drinking and the laws surrounding it.

  • A Guide to Action for Educators focuses the efforts of teachers, administrators, athletic coaches, and others to create a school climate that discourages underage drinking and encourages positive choices.

cover of A Guide to Acton for Families - click to view cover of A Guide to Action for Communities - click to view cover of A Guide to Action for Educators - click to view

Families, communities, and educators are encouraged to work together.

For more information about preventing underage drinking—including access to the campaign’s free PSAs, action guides, and statistics—visit www.stopalcoholabuse.govEnd of Article

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SAMHSA News - July/August 2007, Volume 15, Number 4