Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PowerTalk 21®: work together to end underage drinking

April 21st has been designated as PowerTalk 21® day where parents, children and the communities can have open discussions using MADD’s Power of Parents program. The goal? To work together to end underage drinking.

MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers) has a mission to end drunk driving, support the victims of this crime and prevent underage drinking. They’ve implemented the Power of Parents program, which is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, to assist parents in talking to the young people in their lives about not drinking.

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For those of us not personally affected by such a tragedy, we may not know that teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people every year and that’s more than all the other illegal drugs combined. Now take into account that car crashes are the leading cause of teens’ deaths and more than one out of three of those are alcohol related.

Click the following link to get your copy of the Power of Parents handbook. All you have to do is click the link in the “sign up to receive our parent handbook” box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Then enter your email address and the handbook will be emailed to you.

*More eye-opening facts:

  • One in three 8th graders drinks alcohol.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
  • One in five teens binge drink. Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks.

*The previous facts are courtesy of MADD. For more facts and references, visit the MADD statistics page.

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