Please Help us Keep Our Children Safe
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Mar 18 2013 2:50 PM
As prom, spring break and graduations ramp up for high schools, the Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership (DHCSAP) is reminding parents, teens and others of the dangers of underage drinking, and the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors.
Make sure prom night is a positive experience you’ll always remember; don’t drink alcohol or use any other substances that will compromise your ability to make good decisions.
Statistics show nearly one-third of alcohol-related teen traffic deaths occur during April, May and June, a time when parties and celebrations can turn dangerous and sometimes tragic for underage drinkers. With these sobering statistics in mind, DHCSAP encourages parents to talk with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking, and set ground rules before their son or daughter leaves the house for these events.
Driving is not the only danger from underage drinking. There are other serious risks to consider related to teen drinking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school students who drink were more likely to participate in risky sexual activity resulting in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. They were more likely to be victims of physical and sexual assault as well as being at higher risk for suicides and homicides. Alcohol can potentially cause life-long problems and interfere with normal physical development of the adolescent brain as well as disrupt normal physical and sexual development. There is also the potential become dependent on alcohol to then go on to use and abuse other drugs.
SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS AND TEENS:
* Set non-negotiable rules about drinking, drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol.
* Ask your teen for a complete itinerary for the evening, including where they’ll be going before, during and after prom.
* Ask for cell phone numbers so you can reach them, and/or establish call-in times to connect with your child.
* Be aware of alcoholic energy drinks, which contain 6-12 percent alcohol, nearly three times more alcohol than most beers.
* If your child is going to an after-prom party at a friend’s house, it is your responsibility to find out if the parents are going to allow underage drinking at their home.
* Offer your child the unconditional option of calling you for help, advice or to pick them up at any time, day or night. Make it clear you want to be part of their smart and safe decisions.
For more information, please contact DHCSAP at 334-699-2813 or on line at