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#ProtectUrSelfie
By MADD | October 28, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

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Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s dangerous. Which is why we’re asking teens to take a stand against underage drinking.

Teens:  You have the power to influence your friends and make an impact in your school, home and community. The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to save some of the 4,700 lives that are lost each year because of underage drinking.


Take a selfie and use the hashtag #ProtectUrSelfie to pledge to be alcohol free until 21! Learn more here.

And check out some of the amazing teens who have already taken the #ProtectUrSelfie pledge on social media:

Or click here to see more on twitter.


Teen Influencer Summit
By MADD | October 27, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Teen Influencer

This weekend, MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group convened in Nashville, Tenn. to share ideas on how to stop underage drinking in their respective communities. The Group is part of MADD’s Power of You(th) program which works to empower teens to take a stand against drinking under 21 in their schools and communities. The teens were selected based on their commitment to be drug and alcohol-free and the desire to share MADD’s message to their peers.

They spent Friday receiving training on how to be a MADD ambassador in their community. On Saturday, the teens volunteered at the Nashville Walk Like MADD event, painting faces and hosting a #ProtectUrSelfie photo booth. At the end of the weekend, the teens each committed to an activity they can implement in their community to influence their peers to make the smart choice and avoid alcohol until 21.

Watching the group learn from MADD and each other was inspiring for all involved.  Each teen left the summit excited to get back to their school and began working on their activities.

Click here to learn more about this year’s National Teen Influencer Group.


Empower Teens to Take a Stand
By MADD | October 23, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

Teens give lots of reasons for trying alcohol – to celebrate a special occasion, for example, or out of curiosity. Some teens think alcohol will put them in a better mood or make them feel less awkward. Others drink to fit in. They figure, “How bad could it be if everyone is doing it?”

But the truth is, teen drinking can have tragic consequences. More than 4,700 people are killed each year because of underage drinking – and that is not just in car crashes. Those deaths include things like homicides, suicides, alcohol poisonings, falls, drownings, burns and other causes of deaths.

The lives of thousands of teens – like Taylor, Shelby, Lauren and Alexis – are tragically cut short every year because of teen drinking. It’s just not worth it.

That’s why we developed the Power of You(th) program.  It gives teens the tools they need to take a stand and help their friends do the same.

This Red Ribbon Week, help us empower teens to take a stand against underage drinking by spreading the word on all of your social media channels and to all the teens you know about MADD’s tools and resources:

 Share the Teen Drinking Myths Infographic -- Click here  Watch the Power of You(th) videos -- click here  Download the Teen Booklet -- Click here

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Teen Drinking Myths
By MADD | October 23, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

There are many common misconceptions about underage drinking, like “everybody does it,” and “it’s OK as long as I don’t drive.” But the fact is, that’s just not true.

Check out our new infographic to find out the facts behind some of the common teen drinking myths, and help spread the word by sharing it on all of your social media channels:


Teen Alcohol Use Continues to Fall
By MADD | October 20, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Power of Parents

According to new numbers released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Drug and alcohol use among America's teens continues to decline.

From 2002 to 2013, the rate of regular alcohol use among teens (12 to 17) declined from 17.6 percent to 11.6 percent.

These findings come from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH),an annual, nationally-representative survey of roughly 70,000 Americans aged 12 and older.

Despite a common myth that “everybody’s doing it,” we know that two out of three teens DON’T drink alcohol. And this new report proves it.

We are excited to hear this trend is continuing, especially with Red Ribbon Week just around the corner Find out how you can help reduce the deaths and injuries that come from underage drinking by visiting www.madd.org/redribbonweek to download all of our free Red Ribbon Week resources and learn how you can get involved in your community.


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