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Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon


Young people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. 20 minutes. Recommended for grades 5 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here.

Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of SAMSHA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. View excerpt:



We offer half-day and full-day trainings in the best use of Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon. Read here.

What People Are Saying...

“This remarkable video about one of America's most important public health concerns will be incorporated into national programs that can really make a difference…”
Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Harvard Medical School

“... ideal for adolescent treatment settings, school health classes and for parents when talking about drug prevention. It's also useful for intervention when there's evidence of drug use. Anyone can relate to at least one story in the film.”
Janet Nance-Richardson, Alcohol and Other, Drugs Coordinator Child Welfare League of America



Institutional use/Group viewing

What people are saying:
“Alcohol: True Stories is among the very best videos on the issue. It doesn't preach -- it underscores the value of connections and communication with friends and family. A valuable tool for communities nationally.” Bobby Heard, National Director of Programs, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

“Alcohol: True Stories is a powerful tool for engaging teens on an issue important to their health and well being: underage drinking. By showing real kids, this video reaches viewers on a rational and emotional level. It will help them make smart choices.” Stephen J. Pasierb, President /CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America

“Alcohol: True Stories stands apart from other videos about teens and alcohol because of its thoughtful, thorough and respectful treatment of teenage thought processes.” Penelope Wells, President and Executive, Director SADD, Inc

“This remarkable video about one of America's most important public health concerns will be incorporated into national programs that can really make a difference. I have never seen a video that focuses on the subtle but substantial lost opportunities that can result from underage drinking. Alcohol: True Stories fills this void. Alcohol: True Stories will engage young people who have different risk profiles and includes clear messages for parents that will help them talk honestly and effectively with their youngsters.” Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S. Associate Professor
Director Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School


“Alcohol: True Stories is a powerful testimonial that can change lives, heal families, restore hope and work miracles in the lives of young people.” Jim Ramstad, Member of Congress, Third District, Minnesota

“Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon is the most successful tool I have used to get the attention of, and to help show the students in my classes the potential dangers of alcohol use by teenagers. The stories all bring different perspectives to our class on the use, or the choice not to use alcohol, how these choices can shape their futures, and effect their long term goals.”John Fahey, Health Instructor, Brooks School

“Our employees value their kids and spouses more than anything – sometimes more than themselves. While they may ignore prevention messages directed toward them, they are willing to listen and learn if it will help their families. Following the Alcohol: True Stories workshop for the entire Boston Fire Department and the distribution of the booklets Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol there was a significant increase of alcohol and drug-related referrals of spouses and young people to the BFD/EAP.” Lt. William J. Ostiguy LADC/1, CADAC, CAS, CCS, CEAP
EAP/Stress Coordinator, Boston Fire Department/Local 718, City of Boston



How people use it:
• Distributed to all school districts in 17 states with funding from MetLife Foundation.

• Featured in 3M satellite TV training of 60 plant nurses. Attendees received the videos and Words Can Work booklets for plant and community workshops.

• Featured in workplace seminar at John Hancock Financial Services. Employees received videos and Words Can Work booklets. Evaluations showed 100% of attendees would recommend the workshop; 87% intended to listen more actively and initiate more conversations with their kids about underage drinking.

• Featured in Boston Fire Department Employee Assistance Program. Distributed to all 1,600 firefighters compliments of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the City of Boston.

• Featured in the New York City Fire Department Counseling Service Unit substance abuse prevention program.

• Featured at underage drinking awareness event for parents at Buckingham Brown and Nichols. Jeanne Blake facilitated discussion.

• Donated to libraries in Massachusetts by the Rotary.

• Featured at a family alcohol awareness event in Gloucester, MA sponsored by Gloucester Rotary and The Elizabeth Grady Companies.

• Featured at alcohol awareness event in Telluride, CO, sponsored by the Walrus Foundation. Attendees received Words Can Work booklets.

• Distributed to all middle and high schools in Alabama with funding from Met Life Foundation and a group of funders in Alabama.

• Integrated into the curriculum of all school districts in Delaware.

• Distributed to 300 Massachusetts schools through a radio campaign sponsored by Partners Health Care.

• Distributed by Osram Sylvania to its community relations coordinators nationally.

• Featured in workplace seminar at Eli Lilly. Employees received Words Can Work booklets.

• Featured in workplace seminar at Hewlett Packard. Employees received Words Can Work booklets.

• Featured in workplace seminar at Draper Laboratories. Employees received Words Can Work booklets.

• Featured at alcohol awareness event in Telluride, CO, sponsored by the Walrus Foundation. Attendees received Words Can Work booklets.

• Featured at a family alcohol awareness event in Gloucester, MA, sponsored by Gloucester Rotary and The Elizabeth Grady Companies.

• A recommended resource in the North Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education “Successfully Teaching Middle School Health II” teacher manual.

• Distributed to 250 Massachusetts youth organizations by a group of Massachusetts-based funders.



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