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Alcohol Awareness Month
By MADD | April 3, 2013| 4 Comments | Filed in: Power of Parents , Underage Drinking

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which is one of the reasons why we chose April 21st as PowerTalk 21 day, the national day for parents and teens to talk about alcohol. 

Of all the dangers teens face, underage drinking is among the worst.  Compared with non-drinking classmates, teens who drink are more likely to:

  • Die in a car crash
  • Get pregnant
  • Flunk school
  • Be sexually assaulted
  • Become an alcoholic later in life
  • Take their own life through suicide

The longer a teen waits to start drinking, the safer he or she will stay.  Both parents and teens can be part of the solution.

Parents play an important role in a teen’s decision to drink.  In fact, 74% of teens say their parents are the number one influence on their decision to drink.

MADD knows that informed, caring parents can make a difference, and we’re here to help.  Download the latest version of the Power of Parents handbook for tips and tools to help you start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with your teens.  And, we are giving away an iPad to one lucky parent who downloads the handbook during April.  You can also find additional tips and expert resources at

We also have a Power of You(th) booklet available.  This research-based booklet for teens helps you take a stand against underage drinking, for both yourself and your friends.

Together, we can prevent underage drinking and help teens meet their full potential.



Submitted by RN at 12:26 PM on April 22, 2013
Parents are the FIRST teachers that children have. YOu live with these teachers for years, emulating them. Yes, peer pressure is huge but what you see in your home as "normal" over the course of YOUR ENTIRE EXISTANCE is absolutely a major factor in most choices you will ever make. You just don't realize it. Not yet, anyway.
Submitted by Cynical Adult at 01:45 PM on April 10, 2013
You're really questioning the results of a SURVEY? You do realize that just because "[your] own school" provided different results, it doesn't mean MADD didn't use "stats that are real"? Whoever you spoke to doesn't make your research more credible.
Submitted by grandma at 03:47 PM on April 9, 2013
to C.S. We all know that it is peer pressure that brings our youth to the point of experimentation. Parents need to work harder to stay connected with teens too make sure that the pressures are reduced or elliminated. Some parents think that parenting is over at 15 or 16, but it is just getting harder. I agree with you that some parents show a lousy example with their own problem drinking (do what I say not what I do).
Submitted by Concerned Student at 11:23 PM on April 5, 2013
I'm not sure who exactly you interviewed, but the research that I've done in my own school, tells me that the number one influence for teens to drink is peer pressure, definitely not their parents. We know enough to understand that they are old enough to drink legally and we are not. There is only two things that a parent might influence on a student's drinking habits: what kind of alcohol they drink, and maybe, how much they consume. If a parent was close by, a teenager would probably drink not nearly as much. If a parent was gone for a while that same teenager would drink even more. However, if a parent was very controlling, it would likely drive the student to drink more alcohol, in a less safe environment. Please actually use stats that are real, C. S.

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