Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle in which an army of Mexican peasants defeated the highly-trained invading French forces on May 5, 1862, in Puebla, Mexico. It is the story of the successful underdog and a way to honor a nation's heritage and culture. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, as many people believe. It is also not a reason to drive drunk.

Researchers found that kids who had tastes of an alcoholic beverage before they started 6th grade were five times more likely to have a full drink by 9th grade, compared with their classmates who had not tasted alcohol, a new study suggested.

These "early sippers" were also four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink by their first semester of high school compared with their peers who abstained, the study showed.

A new study found that teens who drink alcohol, especially those who engage in binge drinking, are more likely to use electronic cigarettes than those who don’t use alcohol. The British study was reported in HealthDay.

An analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health found that 70 of the most popular YouTube videos depicting drunkenness also portrayed binge drinking in a positive light.

The popularity of such videos on YouTube could be an opportunity for public health interventions aimed at educating teens and young adults of the negative consequences of intoxication, the researchers suggested in an article published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

While national figures show a downward trend in the number of young people who use alcohol, alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for America’s youth, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined. That’s why it’s important to get involved in Alcohol Awareness Month, observed annually throughout April.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This old adage worked for the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition in Troy, New York. The “Collar City,” near the state’s Capitol, had experienced a surge of criminal and gang activity, and the last straw was a local problem with synthetic marijuana. A neighborhood action committee was formed. They sought Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding. Twice rejected, the coalition submitted their application again and are now successfully implementing their initiatives as a Year One DFC grantee.

Researchers at Penn State have found that gender and race influences when teenagers start drinking, smoking and using drugs.

The researchers looked at four sets of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a survey conducted beginning in 1994, and repeated in 1996, 2001 and 2008 with the same individuals. They then applied an innovative statistical method to plot the prevalence of substance use among Caucasians, African-Americans and Latinos on graphs that tracked the individuals by age and separately plotted the substance use of males and females.

When the Link Together Coalition learned that 49 percent of teens in Wheeling Township, Ill., said that they would never get caught by their parents if they went to a party where alcohol was served, they knew they had their work cut out for them.

By harnessing the power of the community, a coalition in Arizona has consistently decreased rates of youth alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and prescription drug use over the past four years.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn’t want revelers to rely on pure Irish luck this St. Patrick’s Day.

Their data estimate that on March 17 from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in St. Patrick’s Day drunk-driving crashes.

New materials include a real time countdown to Saint Patrick's Day, updated infographics, and a web video. Materials are based on two campaign messages of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (enforcement), and Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving (social norming).