“Underage alcohol drinking is a problem right here in our communities. Don’t let it be a problem for your child. You are the key factor in preventing underage drinking and making sure your child grows up healthy, happy and successful. Tell your children exactly where you stand … have the talk as early as eight or nine … and continue talking throughout their childhood. With our Coalitions and Prevention Partners serving communities throughout our network and the resources and tools on our website …. we are “In It To Win IT” with you!”

Doris Nardelli

Director of Communications


5 Conversation Goals

Research suggests that one of the most important factors in healthy child development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them.

“Talk. They Hear You.” App

Practice talking to your kids about the dangers of alcohol.

Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids about underage drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app is available on desktop computers and on the go from the App StoreSMGoogle Play™, the Windows® Store, and Windows® Phone Store.



“About the “Talk. They Hear You.” App

The app features an interactive simulation that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you will:

  • Practice bringing up the topic of alcohol

  • Learn the questions to ask

  • Get ideas for keeping the conversation going

This requires the free Unity Web Player plugin

Learn more about goals for this important conversation and find other tips and information about helping to prevent underage drinking on the Parent Resources page.

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Last Updated: 04/23/2020