MADD Hosts Workshop To Prevent Underage Drinking

Iunderage-drinkingt’s hard to believe the school year is almost over, but both Prom and Graduation are right around the corner. With the fun and formality of these special occasions comes a reminder that these events and the parties that follow are one of the most likely times a teen will drink alcohol. To prevent underage drinking, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) set up an annual event called PowerTalk 21. It works to remind parents and teens that drinking should wait until they are 21 years old.

PowerTalk 21 took place on April 21st, 2014, and although the national day has now passed, the parenting workshops that took place will provide those in attendance with vital information on how to prevent underage drinking. A good place to start is to talk with your teen and tell them underage drinking is completely unacceptable. MADD has found that the teens that do receive this message from their parents are 80 percent less likely to drink than teens that may receive mixed messages.

Parents are also encouraged to never consider supplying their teen with any sort of alcohol. The perception is that it’s safer to let underage drinkers try alcohol while safe at home with a parent, but the best and safest course of action is to let your teen know drinking alcohol is unacceptable before the age of 21, even if it’s in the home.

Did you know that approximately 30% of eighth graders have tried alcohol, and almost half of all tenth graders drink? Because teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each and every year, teens are encouraged to use the information from PowerTalk 21 to make good choices for themselves. Ask your teen to take a pledge to avoid underage drinking until they are 21, and always remind them to never get in a vehicle with a drinking driver.