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#WeTalked Underage Drinking

by SAMHSA category: Health

“It's time to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking. #WeTalked as a family & you should too. http://thndr.me/DhKwYw

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This campaign ended on December 04, 2015 at 12PM

#WeTalked Underage Drinking

As part of its “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is encouraging parents, caregivers, and other adult role models to have ongoing conversations with kids about the dangers of underage drinking, and then share their experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #WeTalked. The #WeTalked hashtag spreads the message about underage drinking prevention, and encourages other parents to have these important conversations too.

It’s never too early for parents to talk to their kids about underage drinking – 10% of 9- to 10-year-olds have already tried alcohol,[1] and by age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent.[2] But parents have a significant influence on whether their kids drink,[3] and can help prevent underage drinking by talking to their kids early and often. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision to drink or not drink.[4],[5]

Take advantage of family time over the holidays to have these important conversations. Use the #WeTalked hashtag, and encourage others to start talking too.


[1] Donovan, J., Leech, S., Zucker, R., Loveland-Cherry, C., Jester, J., Fitzgerald, H., et al.  (2004). Really underage drinkers: Alcohol use among elementary students.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research28(2), 341–349.

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A Guide to Action for Educators. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2007.

[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A Guide to Action for Educators. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2007.

[4] Jackson, C. (2002). Perceived legitimacy of parental authority and tobacco and alcohol use during early adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 31(5), 425–432.

[5] Nash, S.G., McQueen, A., and Bray, J.H. (2005). Pathways to adolescent alcohol use: Family environment, peer influence, and parental expectations. Journal of Adolescent Health, 37(1), 19–28.  

  • Your Voice Makes a Difference – Thank You for Helping to Prevent Underage Drinking!

    December 14, 2015

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sincerely appreciates your support of its #WeTalked Underage Drinking Thunderclap campaign. Because 164 organizations and individuals joined this online campaign and encouraged parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking, more than 2.3 million people were exposed to this meaningful message of prevention

    Although the Thunderclap campaign has ended, SAMHSA hopes that you will continue to use the #WeTalked hashtag to encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol. Please check out SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign to learn more and access additional resources about underage drinking prevention.

    Thank you again for sharing your voice to help raise awareness about some of the most important conversations parents may ever have.

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SAMHSA
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Official Thunderclap account of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Visit http://www.samhsa.gov/ for more information.

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