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About is a public education website developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in support of the Surgeon General's Call to Action to communicate to parents about how they can help reduce their child's risk of becoming involved with alcohol.

The site's main focus is to provide parents with information and tools to help them have open and ongoing conversations with their preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The site also includes information about "risk factors" that increase children's risk of using alcohol.

SAMHSA considers this just one tool that can be used to influence children's lives. Family life is one area of a child's life that affects his or her behavior. Peers, schools, communities, and society all play a role as well. Accordingly, SAMHSA maintains and supports other initiatives that can help reduce children's risk. To learn more about SAMHSA and the research and programs it supports, please visit

To obtain SAMHSA's materials and publications, please visit SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at or SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at

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