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July: A Dangerous Month for Teens
By MADD | July 21, 2014| 2 Comments | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Power of Parents

Summer vacation for teens should be a time of fun and relaxation, summer camps and first jobs, volunteering and exploring. Unfortunately, for some, unsupervised time leads to alcohol and drug use.

July is the month when more young people start using alcohol and other substances than any other. On average in July, someone under age 18 begins:

  • Drinking alcohol every eight seconds
  • Smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds
  • Using marijuana every 19 seconds
  • Using inhalants every 47 seconds

This doesn’t even count the 18, 19 and 20 year olds who begin drinking during the month.

That’s the bad news; now the good news. If you are a teen, you should know that even though the risks are highest during the summer, most teens don’t drink. Less than 30 percent of teens have had a drink in the past month. A growing number of teens have decided to be an example for others through the Power of You(th) program

Teens, click here to get our free teen booklet to learn how to take a stand against underage drinking.

If you are a parent, now’s the perfect time to start or renew the conversation with your teen about alcohol. You can learn how to have the conversation about alcohol effectively with our free Power of Parents handbook at


Number of Adolescents Younger than 18 Using Alcohol for the First Time on an Average Day, by Month: 2002 to 2010



Submitted by Scoot 58 at 08:09 PM on July 28, 2014
Hello, I had a suggestion, Text Jammer . I don't know how to make this invention, but got an idea. I'm thinking of a electronic plug in or as small transmitter that would make the body of car into an jammer for signals as Texting While Driving, or anyone else in car trying to receive a signal, cause the car would jam the frequency of a phone to receive or send, kind of like a electro magnet magnetizing the auto body when engine is engaged, so I'm thinking of maybe being plugged into like as a fuseable link would be, but the transmitter would go to a part of car that could plug in or in the link form so when motor is engaged the textor Wifi signal would be interrupted. Like I say I'm working on idea, but would be good suggestion to keep Teens from wanting to text while automobile.
Submitted by SAM at 04:38 PM on July 27, 2014
I would like to get involved with MADD somehow. I am the 50 year old daughter of a woman who died driving drunk. She was on her way home from work 34 years ago after a night of drinking with friends in a bar in Denver, Colorado. She got to one of the major railroad crossings in Denver, stopped for a coal train, and when it cleared, started across the tracks only to be hit by another train on the opposite set of tracks. After my mother's death, I almost became an alcoholic trying to numb the pain of her death with alcohol. But then, my ex-husband told me he would leave me if I didn't leave alcohol alone, so I gave up drinking and didn't have any kind of alcohol until the first sip of wine I had after becoming a Catholic and taking part in my first mass.

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