Get ready Floridians – spring break revelers are about to descend on the state by the thousands. Many of the partiers will be underage high school and college students trying to have a good time with friends. Unfortunately, that good time often includes alcohol.
According to MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, underage consumption of alcohol is not only illegal, it is dangerous. 4,700 teenage deaths each year can be contributed in some way to alcohol use. That number is more than all other drugs combined. Homicides, poisonings, falls, suicides, burns, drownings, and other causes of death comprise 2/3 of that number.
The good news is that current research tells us that three out of four teenagers does not drink. Peer pressure is not likely to be high when it comes to alcohol consumption. That does not mean that we can rest on our laurels when it comes to educating children and keeping them safe.
In that vein, MADD has created materials and resources for educators, parents, and teens. The hope is to keep spring break both safe and fun for all involved.
The 411 On Teen Drinking
This booklet, designed for teens, helps children resist peer pressure. The booklet also gives teens information about drunk driving and choosing to ride with sober operators. The research-based booklet can be ordered here.
Power of Parents
Often times, parents do not talk to their teens about drugs and alcohol simply because they do not know how to do so. This download helps parents start the conversation. Understand that it is a necessary talk to have, and it could save the life of your child or someone else’s. Download the booklet here.
Toolkit for Educators
MADD offers a fantastic toolkit for educators on their website. Inside the toolkit is a fact sheet, contest ideas, daily activities, communication templates, and ideas for programming during specific times of the school year. You can download the Toolkit for Educators here.
Spring break should be an exciting time of year for young people, full of memories and adventure. The fact that spring break does not need to include alcohol is something that every teen should be taught. Do not avoid speaking with the children you know about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. You never know whose life you may be changing or saving simply because you acted with care and concern. If you need more tips or information, be sure to visit MADD’s website.