Prom-oting Safe Behavior

You play an important role in a teen’s decision to drink.

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.

It’s the time of year for rented tuxes, flowers, after-parties, and making memories—typically known as prom.  MADD wants all teens to know that adding alcohol to prom doesn’t help make good memories.

One of the first things to go when you drink is good judgment.  If you’ve seen someone who’s been drinking, you’ve probably seen this firsthand.  Teens who drink are far more likely to get in fights, have unplanned or unprotected sex, and drive drunk or ride with a drinking driver.  In fact, there’s a USA Today story today that talks about drinking before prom and the potentially tragic consequences. Read it here.

If the plan is to make lasting memories at prom, you want to make sure you can remember the night.  At higher levels of drinking, you can have blackouts or brownouts.  A blackout is when your brain stops recording new memories entirely; a brownout is when your brain has gaps in your memory.  Paired with bad decision making, this is especially dangerous—you definitely don’t want to learn what you did after prom from Facebook (or worse).

But there are things you can do to make your prom safe, fun and alcohol free. Download our teen booklet for more information on the impacts of drinking as well as tools to help you make good choices and resisting peer pressure.

For prom, make sure you know where you are going to go and what you are going to do before and after.  That way, you know you won’t need to ride with a drinking driver and won’t be in a situation where you aren’t comfortable.

So, this prom season, make good memories and keep yourself and your friends safe by having fun on your terms—alcohol free.