April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Here’s what you can do to promote prevention.

We know prevention works. While working in this field over the past 20 years, Vanguard has seen prevention efforts make inspiring progress in reducing underage drinking.

When comparing results from 2002 to 2020 in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, young adults drink less now. This is encouraging news because studies indicate that drinking is associated with:

Going forward, keeping this momentum is crucial. As we observe Alcohol Awareness Month this April, we’re highlighting the ways everyone can prevent underage drinking by connecting prevention information to people who interact with youth the most — and youth themselves — through these SAMHSA resources:

Research tells us that prevention strategies are most effective when they include everyone — parents and families, law enforcement, health care providers, community organizations, schools and universities, local and state governments, and the federal government. Let’s all partner to promote prevention!

This is an earlier version of a blog post that was revised and later published on the SAMHSA Blog.