Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America's youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.

The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone - regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families - it is a nationwide concern. (Underage Drinking | National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

Certain life events such as Transitions, Stress, and Peer Pressure can be triggers for substance use. During the school year, pay attention to these potential triggers, and talk to your child about the dangers of underage drinking.