MADD Offers Parents Help Talking To Teens About Alcohol
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is getting ready for "Power Talk 21 Day" this Sunday.
It's the day designated for parents to talk to their teens about alcohol and responsible choices.
Thursday morning, MADD and Nationwide Insurance shared the latest data on teens and drinking to encourage parents to talk to their kids about decision-making.
The group highlighted what it called the most recent data gathered on the subject.
The organization says a third of eighth graders drink alcohol.
Half of all high school sophomores drink.
And one in five teens binge drink.
They also shared the story of a man who lost his daughter because of a crash involving teens who had been drinking.
It has been nearly 23 years, but Randy Young says he clearly remembers the moment a Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy came to his home to ask him to identify a young girl.
"He had a pair of glasses and he held them out to us,” said Young. “I knew exactly then it was her."
Young says he and his wife took their 17-year-old daughter, Tanya, to what was supposed to be a slumber party.
Instead, he says, the parent gave the girls alcohol and let them leave the house.
"The expectation was probably pizza and pop, instead it was alcohol being served.” Young said.
According to Young, the teens were traveling on Ghormley Road, in Fayette County, when the driver lost control of the car.
He says Tanya, who was in the backseat without a seatbelt, was killed instantly when the car left the road and struck a tree.
It’s a story, Young says, he doesn’t mind sharing with other parents.
“We just feel that this is something we have been blessed to be able to do and hopefully it will have an impact on other parents, and they will not have to go through what we went through,” he said.
MADD says research shows that parents are the No. 1 influence on their children’s decisions about alcohol.
MADD along with Nationwide Insurance, is offering a free handbook help parents get the conversation started.
Parents can get the free handbook at www.madd.org/powertalk21.
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