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Alcohol Education Resources

In addition to the resources available on this website, there are several other places you can find more information about the science of alcohol use and abuse.

Middle School Educational Resources

The Coolspot
The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The NIAAA is the lead U.S. agency supporting research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcohol problems. The content of The Cool Spot is based on a curriculum for grades 6-8 developed by the University of Michigan. The curriculum was created for the Alcohol Misuse Prevention Study (AMPS), a large-scale project supported by NIAAA.

Better Safe Than Sorry: Preventing a Tragedy
The Better Safe Than Sorry Curriculum is designed to promote education regarding alcohol-related birth defects and their prevention. This curriculum is designed to be flexible with respect to a range of student ages and experiences as well as the amount of class time that can be set aside for this topic. Based on available time, the curriculum appears as a one, two, or three star program (pages 16-20). Classroom activities can range from viewing an informative video (15 minutes) to inclusion of a simple hands-on experiment, playing a fun and fact-filled game, or conducting other teacher- or student- driven activities.

Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior
A middle-school curriculum supplement involving six hands-on, inquiry-based lessons that fit into the 5E’s Instructional Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate), also aligned with NSES Content Standards. It includes web-based components that include simulations of intoxicated and sober mice (varying alcohol concentrations, time and genetics, calculations and impact on BAC levels) as well as depictions of intoxicated drivers, requiring students to make observations and inferences.

Kidshealth.org
This health education resource from the Nemours Foundation contains material for teachers, parents, and children, including information on alcohol use and abuse.

Alcohol Research and Information

Alcohol Alert
The NIAAA Alcohol Alert is a quarterly bulletin that disseminates important research findings on a single aspect of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Full text of the bulletins are available online.

Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)
The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) is an online resource that provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels. It features compilations and analyses of alcohol-related statutes and regulations.It is a project of the NIAAA.

CASA Columbia
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is a research center that conducts polls of parents and students regarding drug and alcohol use. It also provides advice to parents and caregivers on how to keep their children drug and alcohol free.

Alcohol Problems & Solutions
A comprehensive resource for alcohol information and data. The site is managed by veteran alcohol researcher Dr. David Hanson, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free
A website and news portal containing information on alcohol use and prevention in children ages 9-13.