YOU'RE NOT ALONE
You may know some teens who drink. You may even have tried it yourself. But the truth is three out of four teens don’t drink. That means the majority is staying alcohol free until 21! Learn the truth about teens and alcohol
Wrong! The reality is that more young people suffer injuries and die from alcohol-related incidences than from all other illegal drugs combined.
In fact, two-thirds of underage drinking teen deaths do NOT even involve car crashes. Some of the consequences include:
DON'T BE A STORY. TAKE ACTION TO STAY SAFE
One in three teens admit to being the passenger of a drinking driver. Have you ever been there? How can you keep you and your friends out of that situation? Have you ever thought about it? What can you do?
TALKING ABOUT ALCOHOL
“My parents and I have always had an understanding that drinking alcohol wasn’t for me. I watched family members, close friends, and elders I knew let alcohol tear their life, dreams, and aspirations apart, and I told my parents that was not going to be me!
I knew I wanted to live healthy: mentally, physically and spiritually, so I was determined to live each day responsibly without alcohol.
I remembered a question my parents asked me: What’s your motive for drinking alcohol? And as I thought about it, I had no motive because I will face problems to the day I die and just drinking for a good time isn’t going to make my problems or issues disappear.
So, I decided that alcohol wasn’t going to become a part of me, and my parents 100% enforced and supported my decision, inspiring me to find other ways to enjoy life and live it to the fullest.” -Kenya, 19, Louisiana
If you need help, here are some tips:
Add the #ProtectUrFuture frame to your Facebook profile photo.
Don’t Stand Alone!
Share the toolkits below with others in your community who want to protect teens from the dangerous consequences of underage drinking. MADD has toolkits specifically designed for Student Leaders, Educators, School Resource Officers, and Community Partners.
As part of the Power of You(th)® program, this October, MADD joins its partners around the country to host school and community events to empower teens to make safe choices. This year’s focus, #ProtectUrFuture, is about how choices about alcohol can impact their futures such as, being kicked off a sports team, not being able to attend the college of their choice or losing a college sponsorship and having an arrest on their records. Tragically there are also life-altering consequences such as alcohol poisoning and teen drunk driving.