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Red Ribbon Week
By MADD | October 24, 2011| 10 Comments | Filed in: Power of Parents , Underage Drinking

This week, communities around the country are encouraging youth to pledge to stay drug and alcohol free during what is called Red Ribbon Week

Did you know?

  • Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
  • One in three eighth graders has tried alcohol.
  • One in five teens binge drinks, but only one in 100 parents believes their child binge drinks. 
  • Seventy-four percent of kids (ages 8-17) said their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking. 
  • Having regular family conversations about alcohol can reduce underage drinking and drunkenness by 30-60 percent. 
  • When parents and kids are better connected, kids are less likely to drink or use other drugs.

MADD knows that in order to prevent youth from drinking alcohol we must not only provide awareness to them, but we must also equip parents to tackle this tough issue. Because research shows that parents are the number one influence on their child’s decisions about alcohol, MADD created its Power of Parent’s, It’s Your Influence™ program.  Through free 30-minute community workshops and a free downloadable parent handbook, parents can learn how to have ongoing conversations with their kids about the dangers of underage drinking. 

Parents, remember that your influence is the most important factor in helping keep teens safe.  Visit the interactive parent section of our website to get tips and expert resources for talking with your kids about alcohol.



Submitted by Annette at 07:48 PM on October 10, 2012
My brother recieved a Tramatic Brain Injury because of a drunk driver. The pain I indured for years, along with his inablity to adapt with his disablity, until it killed him, will stay with me for the rest of my life. Someone, somewhere is suffering the same pain. There is never a reason for someone to get behind a deadly weapon and drive after consumming alcohol. Never!
Submitted by end drunk driving at 06:29 AM on March 6, 2012
My cousin Bruce Miller was killed by a drunk driver back on May 18,2004 and ever since then it has never been the same here in Springhill,Nova Scotia,Canada as he was a police officer here.Bruce and I use 2 hang out sometimes when he was off duty.I miss him so much.REST IN PEACE COUSIN BRUCE MILLER
Submitted by Tedyinblue at 07:28 PM on February 7, 2012
my husband was killed by a sorry a$$ drunk driver nov 7'09, his estimated speed on impact was still at 80mph and that AFTER he laid over 200ft of rubber from slamming on his breaks... the drunk driver escaped without any cuts, no bruises...drinking and driving needs to stop... too many lives are being affected by the stupidity of those who are stupid enough to drink and drive... if u have to urge to drink... KEEP UR ASS AT HOME!!!
Submitted by Anonymous at 02:33 PM on January 21, 2012
Travis first off learn how to spell. They're not their! Secondly, MADD is about stopping the drinking and driving. Too many lives have been lost because of self centered jerks who know better, but just don't care.
Submitted by Set Travis Straight at 02:27 PM on December 1, 2011
Travis, MADD is NOT obsessed with banning drinking. MADD doesn't even address prohibition in any way. MADD is about stopping DRUNK DRIVING, not about stopping drinking. MADD advocates responsible driking, if you drink, designate a driver, call a taxi, or plan to stay the night somewhere. Just don't drink and drive.
Submitted by Anonymous at 09:33 AM on October 26, 2011
Support the cause
Submitted by Travis at 06:21 AM on October 26, 2011
Why is MADD so insanely obsessed with banning all drinking. It's never going to happen and their not going to stop underage drinking. Every year more and more teens start drinking
Submitted by alilew at 09:51 PM on October 25, 2011
And, it's not just a youth problem, as you know. Everyone needs education, reminders and harsh consequences.
Submitted by Anonymous at 09:26 PM on October 25, 2011
Everyone please, who ever hasn't went to JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER and liked it please do. My daughter Jennifer V Justice was killed by a drunk driver, who was speeding 100mph 9-25-11. She is only 21 and full of life. She always would help people when they needed her. her favorite quote is ALWAYS GOD FIRST. she is very special to our hearts and she needs JUSTICE so please go like her page. no one should have to bury their child. all for you Jenny. mama loves you.
Submitted by carebearmomwva at 03:29 PM on October 24, 2011
red ribbon week pledge to stay drug and alcohol free red ribbon week!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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