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Alcohol Use and Prevention

May 2020 - Graduation - Celebrate Safely

  • Alcohol is a factor of over 4,000 deaths of people under the age of 21 each year, including deaths from motor vehicle crashes, homicides, alcohol poisoning. 
  • Heavy drinking harms the brain and heart, as well as suppresses the body’s ability to fight off infections. 
  • Individuals under the age of 21 are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of alcohol and may experience more harm from alcohol use than adults. Learn more at 

May 2020 - Prevention Week May 10-16, 2020: Alcohol Use for Montana Youth

  • Alcohol remains the number one drug of abuse for Montana's youth. In 2019, 26 percent of 9th graders, 30 percent of 10th graders, 33 percent of eleventh graders, and 46 percent of 12th graders had used alcohol within the past 30 days. 
  • Parents, we need your help; studies show that parental disapproval of underage drinking is the number one reason youth chose not to drink alcohol. 
  • Start the conversation today with your teen about NOT using alcohol.