Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse

Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Resources

With kids still using alcohol and other substances at alarming rates, The Parntnership has put together resources for parents, advisors, and other prevention professionals.


Underage drinking and substance use are issues that are effecting Connecticut youth with 30.2% of students reporting to drinking alcohol in the last 30 days, 20.4% of students reporting to smoking marijuana in the last 30 days, and 12% of students reporting to misuse of prescription drugs at least once in their life. The perception of harm of smoking marijuana, underage drinking, and using prescription medications to get high is decreasing, leading to continued use.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership offers the following FREE youth infographics to help dispel the myths that surround underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse. These infographics may be used as a resource when educating youth, parents, and community members on the effects drugs and alcohol can have on young people. 

  • A common myth of underage drinking is that if it is legal when you are 21, it must not be harmful. We know that the truth is that the human brain is not fully developed until a person’s mid-twenties. Take a look at how alcohol can effect a person’s brain development and function.

  • Many youth believe that smoking marijuana isn’t harmful. 35.4% of Connecticut’s high school students report smoking marijuana at least once in their life. The perception of harm continues to decrease. Learn about the truth and impact of using marijuana.

  • What’s a BAC? This infographic provides the everyday facts about a person’s blood alcohol content. Learn what affects a person’s BAC and how it can impair a person’s behavior.

  • Energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine and sugar and are the drink of choice among many young people. A common behavior is mixing alcohol with energy drinks. Learn about the risks and consequences associated with mixing these two liquids.

  • Alcohol is the number one substance abused by Connecticut youth. Learn the truths about underage drinking and the physical, mental, and social consequences. Remember: Not everyone is doing it!

  • Using a prescription medication when it is not prescribed to you is just as dangerous as using an illegal drug. Learn about prescription drug abuse and the impact it can have on young people.

Additional Resources

  • As advocates for safe, successful and drug-free children in Connecticut for over 25 years, The Governor's Prevention Partnership opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana. This paper summarizes The Partnership's concerns on the potential harms and societal costs to Connecticut's young people if recreational marijuana is legalized.

  • The growing opioid epidemic is having an effect on Connecticut’s youth. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 12% of high schoolers report to misusing prescription medications. This is a concerning number because according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those addicted to prescription medications are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

  • Marijuana is one of the most critical threats to the health and wellbeing of CT’s youth. There are substantial negative effects of marijuana use on physical, mental, and social development, particularly in the critical period of human development. In this research brief, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership has compiled the most recent information on the impact of marijuana use on adolescents and young adults.

  • Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic impacting our youth and leading many to heroin use. Follow the journey of one teen through this infographic and learn more about how to prevention prescription drug abuse in our youth.

  • Marijuana — legal or otherwise — is a hot topic. It’s more important than ever for parents to protect their kids’ health and development by addressing this issue early and often. This toolkit teaches parents how to set the stage to have an open dialogue with their teen about marijuana.

  • This guide provides a comprehensive, step-by-step approach that equips parents to promote positive youth decision-making regarding alcohol use.

  • This site provides the general public, community leaders, and other interested people with the facts, knowledge, and tools to better understand and address marijuana in their communities. This resource center will be regularly updated and expanded to address emerging issues, research, and prevention tools, and highlight successful local efforts to reduce marijuana use.