This week is Red Ribbon Week and schools around the country are encouraging young people to live a drug-free life. Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly used drug by youth—more than all illegal drugs combined, in fact? That's why MADD wants to help young people take a stand against underage alcohol use, help schools educate students about the dangers of alcohol and equip parents to have potentially lifesaving conversations about alcohol with their kids. Together, by engaging youth, parents and the community to prevent underage drinking and support the 21 minimum drinking age, we can reduce the deaths and injuries that result from underage drinking.
As part of Red Ribbon Week, MADD and National Presenting Sponsor State Farm® are introducing the newest tool to prevent underage drinking, a booklet called The 411 on Teen Drinking. This booklet is part of MADD’s Power of You(th) program, which empowers teens to resist peer pressure and influence other teens to not drink before age 21 and never get in the car with someone who’s been drinking. MADD is partnering with schools around the country to distribute the booklet during Red Ribbon Week, but teens can also get the booklet online at www.madd.org/youthbooklet.
This week, we’ll also be featuring guest blog posts from some amazing teens, who are part of our National Teen Influencer Group, about their stance on underage drinking. Be sure to check back often to hear what they have to say.