This Prom Season Talk with Teens About Binge Drinking
Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, and prom season is right around the corner. Although this time of year means shopping for dresses, suits, and corsages in preparation for the biggest event of the school year, it’s also a great time to brush up and remind your teen about the dangers of binge drinking and driving under the influence.
When it comes to teen drinking, statistics speak for themselves. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 10.4 million young people between the ages of 12 and 20 have experimented with drinking, and young people tend to drink to excess when they do indulge in alcoholic beverages, especially on occasions like Prom. The result of teens binge drinking is an increase in serious injuries and death from alcohol-related car crashes. In fact, over 5000 people under 21 die each year from causes related to under-age drinking, and 190,000 teens end up in the emergency room for injuries relating to alcohol.
Not only does drinking alcohol to excess put your teen at risk for injury or death, but alcohol can also impair their judgment to the point where they make serious errors in judgment like alcohol-fueled violence or sexual assault. This Prom season, protect your child by arming them with knowledge about the perils of underage drinking, and you’ll ensure they will have a safe and memorable Prom.