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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:


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 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.


You Only Live Once
By Jan Withers | October 1, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Underage Drinking

I read an article recently titled, “This is What Brave Means,” by Glennon Doyle Melton. In the article, she relayed something that her daughter, Tish, said to her in the car, “Mom, how come everyone says YOLO to try to get people to do dangerous stuff? How ‘bout be SAFE because YOLO???? You Only Live Once, so try not to get yourself dead so soon.”

Underage drinking kills 4,700 people each year, more than all the other drugs combined. It is dangerous, and too often deadly.

Many teens push others to take these risks by telling them they are being fearless or daring. If they don’t they are often labeled wimps. But I love how Glennon illustrates bravery.

“Give me that girl [or guy] who says no in the face of pressure to bong a beer or bully a peer. Give me a girl [or guy] who pleases that internal voice before pleasing others. Give me that person so I can call her [or him] BRAVE loudly and proudly in front of the whole world. Give me a person who has the wisdom to listen to [his] her own voice and the courage to speak it out loud. Even if it disappoints others. Especially then.”

I say it again. Drinking before 21 is dangerous. It literally kills thousands of people every year, including my daughter Alisa who was killed by an underage drunk driver when she was 15.

As Tish says, “YOLO. You Only Live Once, so try not to get yourself dead too soon.” I like the way she thinks! She is brave.


Encourage Teens to Live Drug and Alcohol-Free this Red Ribbon Week
By MADD | October 1, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

Every October during Red Ribbon Week – just in time for homecoming and the holidays – schools and communities across the country encourage young people to live a drug-free life. This year for Red Ribbon Week, MADD is launching new resources to help teens, educators and community members empower teens to take a stand against underage drinking.

One important resource for teens is The 411 on Teen Drinking. This booklet, sponsored by State Farm®, contains useful information to help teens resist peer pressure, influence other teens to not drink before age 21 and never get in the car with someone who’s been drinking.

Every person who downloads our teen booklet, The 411 on Teen Drinking, in the month of October will be entered to win a new Apple Watch in 2015!

Help us 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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