The web has some great sites about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs that are designed just for teens. An Ithaca student reviewed many of the sites listed here; we're including those that got high marks.
NIDA for teens There's a reason that prescription drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a doctor: if used improperly they can be dangerous. Learn more at this site.
www.freevibe.com Freevibe is user friendly and has an interactive way to present facts and useful information. You’ll probably like the stories from real people about their experiences, too.
www.thecoolspot.gov The Cool Spot gives info for younger teens on alcohol use and how to resist peer pressure. You can take an on-line quiz about how much others drink.
www.checkyourself.com A complex, urban looking site with links for quizzes, games, stories, advertisements funded by the site, and moments of truth (where people tell how they realized their drug abuse was out of control). There are also resources available for people to find help, and a question and answer section.
www.bubblemonkey.com Bubblemonkey moves, vibrates, and flashes! It also has tons of stuff to do, and great information. The real stories are very heavy and are very powerful, questioning why drugs are ever considered “cool”.
www.SADD.org Ever heard of SADD (Students Against Distructive Decisions)? If so, you know that many high schools have chapters To learn how to start a chapter at your school, or just to learn more about SADD, go to
www.realitycheckny.org New York’s teen-led anti-tobacco movement is called Reality Check. It exposes the tobacco industry’s media manipulation of youth.
www.drugabuse.gov/students.html National Institute on Drug Abuse has developed materials specifically for teens and young adults.
www.girlshealth.gov Girlshealth offers tips to girls ages 10-16, to learn more about the unique health issues and social situations they’ll encounter.
Do you know the laws?
Do you know it is against the law to use a fake ID or to give alcohol to other minors in your own home? Check out Know the Law.
It's smart to know the consequences that can happen with drinking, like the fact that a drunk driving conviction could cost over $6,000, even if you don't have an accident.