Prom season is almost upon us, and data shows injuries sustained by teenagers due to alcohol increase dramatically around this time of year. In an effort to keep kids safe during this potentially dangerous time, Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR) launched teen-safe.org, a website designed to educate and support parents. Hosted by CeASAR’s director, John Knight, MD, parents’ questions about teen drinking, its dangers and their role in preventing it are answered.
Over the next week Thrive will post more videos from teen-safe.org, featuring practical information parents can use to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol. In addition to several other videos on the subject, teen-safe.org has in-depth information on the medical consequences of underage drinking. It’s suggested that all parents with teenagers– not just those graduating or attending a prom– visit the site and learn the facts about this very real but preventable problem.