SAMHSA Launches AlcoholFX

SAMHSA Launches AlcoholFX

SAMHSA Launches AlcoholFX, a New Educational App for Underage Drinking Prevention, During Alcohol Awareness Month.

Alcohol Awareness Month is here, and Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse Day (May 17) during National Prevention Week is just around the corner.

To recognize these important public observances, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new mobile application (app) for underage drinking prevention—Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX).

AlcoholFX is a free, science-based app for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains. Based on lesson plans from SAMHSA’s Reach Out Now initiative, the app can easily integrate with instruction in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms.

AlcoholFX helps increase students’ knowledge of alcohol’s negative consequences before they reach the average age of first use.

With AlcoholFX:

  • Students engage in research-based, interactive games that explore brain science while they practice their responses to difficult social situations involving alcohol.
  • Educators use science-based lesson plans, resources, and recorded scenarios to help students and parents learn about the dangers of alcohol.
  • Parents learn how alcohol affects their children’s brains and can put their children at risk for falling behind in school.

Why talk about alcohol early?

According to SAMHSA’s "Talk. They Hear You" campaign, at around age 9, children begin thinking alcohol may not be just for adults. By age 15, many young people are drinking. Young people who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol problems as adults than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older. Youth who drink alcohol also are more likely to use drugs, get bad grades, hurt themselves or someone else, engage in risky sexual behavior, make bad decisions, and experience health problems.

Click herre to read more about AlcoholFX and watch the new promotional video. AlcoholFX is available to download for free on tablets from the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.

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