Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Why Prevention Is Important
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs all have one thing in common: they change how the user thinks or feels (usually both). They do this by acting on the complex functioning of the brain. Many of these changes seriously affect learning by disturbing a student's perception, thinking, memory, or emotions. These affects are discussed on the following pages:
More information about specific drugs and their effects is available on our Facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug webpage.
Additional prevention resources are available on our National Websites page.