Whoa! Here we are in May already. The year is flying past. It seems like we were just gearing up for Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM) at the end of March.
One of the best things about AAM for me was gathering and distributing all of the great online resources about alcohol use and abuse. I thought that this would be a great place to highlight some of the best sites that I found with a bit of a description of each one.
Much of our work this month focused on underage drinking. Even here, in the Emerald Triangle, alcohol is the drug most often used by adolescents, including those in gangs. Fortunately, there are a lot of fantastic sites designed for both teens and parents that address underage drinking.
The Cool Spot is a site designed for younger teens to learn facts about alcohol and strategies for dealing with peer pressure to drink. One of my favorite pages on the site talks about the peer pressure “bag of tricks”. It helps kids understand that when their friends use rejection, put downs and reasoning on them it is to pressure them into making decisions they may not be comfortable with. The Cool Spot also includes several interactive sections that provide facts and advice.
Stop Teen Drinking is a sleek, easily navigated site. You’ve probably seen some of the printed materials associated with this site around town. They have a great brochure that includes all of the factoids from their site. The resource page of their site is great, it provides contact information for Mendocino County services. Yeah, locals!
If there is one site about underage drinking that you go to, please have it be The Unconscious Truth. This page is a project of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and features an incredibly well made film about the effects of teen drinking. The film is based on a real life tragedy and must be seen to be appreciated. Students in the alternative high school in Fort Bragg have watched the Student Edition of the movie and were quite impressed.
General Drug and Alcohol Information
One of the most well-known sites in this category is Above the Influence. These folks are web savvy, having Facebook, twitter, YouTube and google+ accounts. Their site is not focused on one specific drug, but provides clearly written information about many different types of drugs. In addition, they provide help with peer pressure and educational videos by and for teens.
A lesser known site is Drug Free World. This site is stunning and fully interactive. It includes videos, quizzes, printable resources and testimonials. One of the best features is its accessibility; it is available in several languages. The site also allows people to order a free educational DVD and kit.
I hope that you will have an opportunity to check out some of these resources and share them with your family and friends. Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.