Additional Information/Resources

Make a Difference: Talk To Your Child About Alcohol

As the age of first use lowers, so is the age when parents need to begin communicating with children about alcohol and other drugs. Parents are no longer in a position to just sit back and let things happen. The power of conversation between a parent and a child is immeasurable. Even the simplest of things can and will make a difference. Learn what to do in the informative brochure from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix: Fact Sheet

Ask, Listen, Learn and the Century Council put together this document to make parents aware of how early some adolescents begin drinking alcohol. While 65% of children identify parents as their main influence in deciding whether or not to drink, 36% have never spoken to their parents about alcohol.

Most Teens Get Alcohol From Parents, Friends

In a report from the American Medical Association (AMA), it was discovered that nearly 25% of all teens age 13 to 18, obtained alcohol from their parents. And while a small percentage of parents indicated that they had allowed their children and their friends to have alcohol under supervision, a startling 27% of teens reported attending parties where youth were drinking with parents present.

Alcohol Violations and Consequences

Breaking the law is no joke. Alcohol violators face large fines and may even be sentenced to jail time. One night of partying could cost a lot more than you may think.

In the downloadable Code Packet Booklet (below), you will find a listing of excerpts from the Pennsylvania Crimes Code - Title 18, and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code - Title 75 and Title 30. These excerpts list penalties, including fines and jail time, for alcohol violations. Violators may be faced with fines from $300 to $5,000 and may be sentenced to anywhere from one to ten years imprisonment.

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)

This website offers ideas on limiting the amount of alcohol marketing seen by your children. Less exposure means less temptation. Parental resources include how to gauge your child’s exposure, how to file a complaint, and various success stories.

The Century Council

Operating under the premise of open communication, this non-profit center provides a wealth of programs dedicated to helping parents educate their children on drunk driving and underage drinking, as well as a variety of innovative CD-ROMs.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Since 1980, this non-profit grassroots organization has grown to one of the largest crime victims’ organizations in the world. Well-known for their volunteerism and campaigns, MADD offers parents many ways to get involved with their children and discuss drunk driving and underage drinking.

Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free

This website provides parents with a list of alcohol abuse warning signs, questions to ask their children about alcohol, and prevention strategies they can use to combat underage drinking.

PA Liquor Control Board - Alcohol Education

In addition to a list of legal facts concerning underage drinking, this website offers links to various materials that parents can use to educate themselves and their children on the dangers of alcohol.

Parents. The Anti-Drug.

This website offers basic information about alcohol as well as a list of health hazards associated with underage drinking. Links to other useful materials are also provided.

Start Talking Before They Start Drinking

This resource tells parents how to keep open communication with their children and how to express a consistent message concerning underage drinking.


Backed by one of the nation’s largest medical group practices, this website provides information on talking to your children about alcohol abuse through all the stages of their lives, from preschool through adolescence.

Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center

This website provides links and resources on a wide range of underage drinking topics, from general health issues to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and legal problems to alcohol marketing and statistics.

A Guide to Safe & Sober Event Planning

This website seeks to help parents and their children set up non-alcoholic parties. In addition to a list of party themes and calendars, resources are also provided for getting your local schools, as well as other kids involved in the process.