Youth often face the challenge of standing up to peer pressure in deciding whether or not to use and abuse alcohol. The following resources and organizations listed will provide youth-focused strategies and initiatives directed at and in some cases developed by youth:

Take It Back North Carolina

A youth-directed movement to reduce alcohol problems. Visit for more info.

The Cool Spot

The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). More info at:

Too Smart to Start Program, SAMHSA: Youth Section

Too Smart To Start is a public education initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level to help them conduct an underage alcohol use prevention program. The materials are designed to educate 9- to 13-year-olds about the harms of alcohol use and to support parents and caregivers as they participate in their children’s activities. More info at:

STOP Underage Drinking

A Federal Resource for elementary , junior high/middle  and high school students: