MADD Texas Asks Parents: Does Your Back to School List Include Talking to Your Teens About The Dangers Of Underage Drinking? It Should.
New statewide data shows that while parents are the leading influence on their children’s decisions about drinking, a majority of children are not getting the message about the dangers of drinking alcohol from home. In a recent survey of underage Texas youth, 62 percent reported that they get their information about the dangers of alcohol from either TV or school. As students head back to school, this is a perfect time for parents to talk with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking.
Underage Texas youth report that access to alcohol is as easy as ever. Many underage kids report that not only is it easy for kids their age to get alcohol, but a majority believe their peers are regularly getting drunk. In fact, four out of five underage students say it’s easy to get alcohol. At the same time, nearly 9 out of 10 underage students believe it is at least a somewhat common experience for their peers to get drunk.
Teen alcohol use kills almost 5,000 people each year, more than all other illegal drugs combined. MADD encourages parents to use the organization’s Power of Parents handbook to help in having these conversations with their children. The parent handbook is the cornerstone of this community-based program and is available free to communities through the website and through 30-minute parent workshops facilitated by trained MADD staff and volunteers. For more information about Power of Parents or to download materials, parents should visit madd.org/powerofparents.
In Texas, MADD is helping parents engage in a conversation with their children about the dangers of underage drinking by hosting workshops for parents in local areas and webinars across the state. To participate in a webinar, visit www.madd.org/tx for more information.
The Power of Parents program in Texas is partially funded through the Texas Department of Transportation to help reduce incidence of drunk driving and underage drinking.