Your hopes. Your dreams. Your future. A lot of things get crushed if you drink when you’re underage. And that’s not all. Drinking can cause brain damage. Ruin friendships. Make you lose your parents’ trust. And put you at a greater risk of developing alcoholism.

It’s pretty clear, isn’t it? Underage drinking just isn’t worth it.

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Let's Talk About It

Have a story about how underage drinking has affected you or someone you know? Join the discussion and submit your own story or a quote that inspires you not to drink.

Paige A senior at my school drank so much at a party that... A senior at my school drank so much at a party that he fell down the stairs and somebody had to call 911 for help. He was lucky and just needed stitches, but it could have been a lot worse. Paige
Ben Last year, my friends wanted me to take alcohol from... Last year, my friends wanted me to take alcohol from the liquor cabinet in my house, so I did. My parents noticed and I got into big trouble. I don't know how long it will take for my mom and dad to trust me again. Ben
Zoe When my friends and I hang out, we'll watch a movie... When my friends and I hang out, we'll watch a movie or just chill and listen to music. Sometimes we'll even make up our own dances. We don't have to drink to have fun. Zoe
Dylan One guy on my basketball team got caught drinking in... One guy on my basketball team got caught drinking in the locker room after a game. He got kicked off our team, which sucked because he was one of our best three-point shooters. Dylan
Madison My friends know I don't drink. It's just not... My friends know I don't drink. It's just not something I'm interested in doing. My advice to others who don't want to drink is to stand your ground. Pretty soon, people will stop pressuring you and you'll feel really proud about standing up for what you believe in. Madison

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About Us

Underage alcohol use is a serious problem. Surveys show alcohol is the most frequently used drug in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse’s goal is to combat underage drinking and reduce alcohol related problems.

This project is funded by Iowa Department of Public Health, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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