Of all the dangers your teen faces, underage drinking is among the worst. Compared with non-drinking classmates, teens who drink are more likely to:
- Die in a car crash
- Get pregnant
- Flunk school
- Be sexually assaulted
- Become an alcoholic later in life
- Take their own life through suicide
The good news is that you can make a difference! Parents have the power to help teens make healthy decisions that can keep them safe. In fact, research shows that parents are the primary influence on their kids’ decisions about whether or not to drink alcohol.
PowerTalk 21 day—April 21st—is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol. MADD knows that informed, caring parents can make a difference, and we’re here to help. Download the latest version of the Power of Parents handbook for tips and tools to help you start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with your teens. If you download the handbook in the month of April, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win an iPad! You can also find additional tips and expert resources at madd.org/powerofparents.
MADD offers 30-minute Parent Workshops in communities across the country where parents and caregivers will receive tips and tools for talking about alcohol with your teen, including a hard copy of the parent handbook. Contact your local or state office to find a parent workshop near you. You can also find out about becoming a trained and certified Power of Parent facilitator and present this potentially lifesaving, research based information to parents and caregivers in your community.
Help us spread the word about PowerTalk 21 using our sample Tweets and Facebook posts, share your experience talking with your teen about alcohol, and find other great resources at www.madd.org/powertalk21.
Start talking on April 21st. Together, we can help prevent underage drinking and save lives.
MADD National President