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New website helps parents understand dangers of teen drinking

Over 40% of teen drinkers age 15-17 get their alcohol directly from a parent, or parent's house
Over 40% of teen drinkers age 15-17 get their alcohol directly from a parent, or parent's house

This weekend Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) launched teen-safe.org, a website designed to offer parents both medical and practical information about the dangers of teen drinking and drug use, and offers tips on how to prevent drinking and substance abuse among their own teenage children.

Hosted by John Knight, MD, and Sion Harris, PhD, CPH, the program has already been adopted by the Milton public school system, which is making the website required homework… for parents.

Adults who have children graduating this year will be encouraged to visit the site, learn about the many risk factors associated with teenage drinking and substance abuse, then complete a short quiz that tests their knowledge of this very real and dangerous problem. When finished with the test parents receive a certificate of completion, which they are asked to send into school with their child as part of his or her “check-out” process for graduation.

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