Many parents believe that if teens are supervised while drinking, they will not be harmed; but studies show that there is no such thing as safe underage drinking. There are many negative consequences of underage drinking. For example, 9th graders who drink are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide than those who do not use alcohol. 40% of children who begin drinking before the age of 15 will become alcohol dependent at some point in their lives. Alcohol consumption continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury among teenagers.
This April, take the time to talk to your kids about the risks and consequences of underage drinking. Experts report that the #1 deterrent to underage drinking is having parents who talk to their teens about the dangers of alcohol.
Make this April count!
Start the conversation.
For more information please visit the Prevention Education Resource Center located at:
1405 Highway 35
Ocean Township, NJ 07712