HEALTH MINUTE UNDERAGE DRINKING-PKG

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WHEN TEENS MIX DRINKING AND DRIVING IT CAN BE DISASTROUS, BUT NEW DATA SHOWS THAT THE MAJORITY OF DEATHS FROM UNDERAGE DRINKING WERE NOT DUE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, ACCORDING TO MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING OR MADD.

THE ORGANIZATION FOUND THAT 68% OF THE FATALITIES IN YOUNG PEOPLE WEREN'T A CONSEQUENCE OF BEING BEHIND THE WHEEL BUT WERE DUE TO HOMICIDES, SUICIDES, ALCOHOL POISONING AND OTHER CAUSES.

THREE OUT OF 4 TEENS SAY THEIR PARENTS ARE THE NUMBER ONE INFLUENCE ON THEIR DECISIONS ABOUT ALCOHOL, ACCORDING TO MADD.

BUT HOW DO YOU TALK TO A TEEN ABOUT THIS TOUGH TOPIC? IT MAY SOUND OBVIOUS, BUT TRY NOT TO LECTURE OR BE TOO HEAVY HANDED WITH YOUR KIDS. INSTEAD APPROACH THEM IN A LOVING MANNER AND LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. EDUCATE THEM ABOUT THE DANGERS AND BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL. KEEPTRACK OF WHERE YOU TEENS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

AND HELP YOUR CHILD BRAINSTORM WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE PEER PRESSURE TO USE ALCOHOL. BE CLEAR THAT YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO DRINK. SAY IT OFTEN AND LET THEM KNOW IT'S BECAUSE YOU CARE.

FOR TODAY'S HEALTH MINUTE, I'M HOLLY FIRFER.

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