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Get you — and your teens — through the holidays

December 16, 2015 3:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Get you — and your teens — through the holidays


According to SAMHSA, on an average December day, more than 11,000 young people, aged 12 to 17, will use alcohol for the first time.  Some of these young adults will not make it to the new year, as nearly 400 young people under age 21 die from alcohol-related causes every month. It’s up to families to work together to inform young people about the dangers of alcohol use — and to keep each other safe.

The Tennessee MADD blog offers a comprehensive guide on how to cope with the holidays and alcohol, including tips on planning an safe party, what to do if you think someone is impaired, and how to help reduce impaired driving.

Therapist and parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers up a video from her #FamilyTalk series, about the holidays and alcohol use, and underage drinking.

SAMHSA’s website contains many useful resources, including the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign, which helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.

So, parents, teens and families — be aware and talk about it, so that everyone can be safe during this time of year.

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