Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and contains ethyl alcohol or ethanol.  Ethanol is the intoxicating ingredient in beer, wine and lliquor, and is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars and starches. Some slang terms you might hear for alcohol are booze, brew, juice or sauce. 

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National data shows that Vermonters in all age groups – youth (12-17), young adults (18-25), and adults (26+) drink more alcohol compared to the country overall. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at 21. Vermont also has higher than national rates of binge drinking, which is associated with greater risk of alcohol dependence.

Health Policy Clearinghouse

The Prevention Center of Excellence (formerly Prevention Network Grant) and the Green Peak Alliance developed the Health Policy Clearinghouse – an online, searchable database for model prevention and health policies as well as other resources. The site was developed by Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC).

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This guide is written for individuals, and their family and friends, who are looking for options to address alcohol problems. It is intended as a resource to understand what treatment choices are available and what to consider when selecting among them.

Check Your Drinking. Make a Plan to Drink Less.

Drinking too much alcohol can be harmful. Everyone can benefit from drinking less alcohol or not drinking at all. This tool, provided by the CDC, checks your drinking and can give advice. If you want to drink less, it can also help you build a plan to make healthier choices.

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AlcoholFX Mobile App

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX) is a free, science-based app that teaches students ages 10 to 12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. Based on lesson plans from SAMHSA’s Reach Out Now Initiative, the app can easily integrate with instruction in 5th- and 6th-grade classrooms. 

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Talk. They Hear You. Mobile App (And other resources)

“Talk. They Hear You.” is a free mobile app that helps you prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your children about underage drinking. The app provides parents and caregivers of children and teens ages 9 to 15 with the tools and information they need to start talking with their children early about the dangers of alcohol. It includes a suite of materials that helps reinforce the underage drinking prevention campaign’s messages.

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NIH Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) 
The is a project launched by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and provides convenient access to policy topics that pertain to underage drinking. Resources relating to various underage drinking policies at both the federal and state-to-state level can be found here:  
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