“We expect you to delay drinking as long as possible, if you choose to drink at all, because we know from research that it is in your best interest to simply wait.”
– Bender, (2012)​

Education for Parents: Is Your Teen at Risk?

The consequences of harmful and underage drinking by their kids are more significant, more destructive, and costly than many parents realize. Even the most involved parents can overlook the early signs of risky behavior associated with underage drinking, or catch it only after it’s already become a problem.

In partnership with the John Fontaine, Jr. Charity renowned psychologist, Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S offers information and resources that can help parents identify early alcohol use and substance abuse in their children.

Learn more about Crystal

The goal is to reach students before they are faced with the decision to drink

The Fontaine Model is currently being piloted in *high schools, with specific models developed for each school’s individual needs. All 9th and 12th graders participate in a variety of alcohol awareness programs based on the Fontaine Center assessment.

Throughout the year, the program offers:

  • Webinars
  • Training
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to partner with high schools to share resources, best practices and strategies to align with current needs
  • Counseling
  • Educational opportunities for parents

Identify the warning signs

With each phase of alcohol dependency, there are unique risks and behavioral indicators we should all be aware of. The sooner these can be addressed, the better.

“Inspiring Change through Education and Awareness
Bloomberg defines Generation Z as the group of kids, teens, and adults roughly between the ages of 7-22 in 2019. The American Psychological Association starts Generation Z at 1997.
Providing students and parents with accurate, relevant information on the consequences of misusing alcohol can save lives.

Moving in the Right Direction

Since the Fontaine Model has been implemented, the university has seen:


A decrease in the number of students who reported consuming alcohol.


An increase in walk-ins and/or friends bringing friends in for help for alcohol abuse.


A record number of students coming in to refer other students to alcohol treatment programs.

Your donation will help expand programs to educate young people about the consequences of misusing alcohol and could ultimately save lives.

Get Involved

Through alcohol awareness and education, we are inspiring students to make responsible choices.

Learn more about the University of Georgia’s Fontaine Center and how it is making a

difference in the lives of students.