A recent NPR program noted the influence parents had over their children’s alcohol and drug use, and suggested a relaxed stance on underage drinking can be far more detrimental than many people may realize. The story quoted data from a Pennsylvania State University researcher whose findings mirror the sentiments of John Knight, MD, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR), who has spoken out against this practice before.
In an effort to further drive home the point that teenage drinking can be more dangerous than many know, especially at prom and graduation time when there are statistically more teenage alcohol related injuries, (CeASAR) launched Teen-safe.org, a website that explains the medical and social dangers of underage drinking. The following video, taken from the Teen-safe.org website, offers advice on how to handle a teen who comes home under the influence.
In the days leading up to prom Thrive will feature more advice from Knight on how to keep kids safe during this fun, but potentially dangerous time of year. Parents are strongly urged to go to safe-teen.org to see all these videos, as well a wealth of other information on the medical, legal and emotional consequences of underage drinking.