Talk Alcohol & Drugs

Be Someone Kids Can Talk To

The strongest predictor of youth making good choices is how you as a parent and other important adults, model those choices and have honest conversations with them.

As adults, we have big influence. We need to talk (and often) with young people about issues they are facing, especially if they involve mental health, risky behaviors, and alcohol and drugs.

Though there are always new and alarming drugs showing up, the bulk of drug-related harms and costs to society in Nebraska are caused by alcohol, nicotine and marijuana.

Sometimes it is easy to dismiss or be in denial about someone’s alcohol and/or drug use. However, research shows that people are far more likely to seek help and services if it is suggested by someone close to them.


Tips and Tools

If you’re looking for more tips and tools to help on your parenting journey or as an ally of a young person, you’ve come to the right place. There are dozens of resources for you to use to help kids live happy and healthy lives.

This resource rich site also features ways for you to easily find local support, contact us and learn more about the Region 5 Prevention Network.


Alcohol is the most commonly used illegal substance among teens in the U.S. Data from several national surveys show the use of alcohol among young people…


Teens are at a stage of development where they want more independence. While this is healthy and natural, but for many teens, it unfortunately involves underage drinking…


You might remember peer pressure when you were a teen, which is why you want to be proactive in talking with your kids about drinking. Learn how to approach the conversation here.


If you’re talking to your kids about the important issues in life, the subject of alcohol is bound to come up. Ideally, you’ll have the discussion long before they really need it…


Many kids and teens try alcohol during their high school and college years, before it’s legal for them to drink it. Parents have a big effect on their child’s choices…


Everyone can benefit from drinking less alcohol or not drinking at all. This tool checks your drinking and can give advice and if you want to drink less…