Let’s ditch the suspense: the answer is no. Prom night might be a few weeks off, and perhaps you were thinking of having a heart-to-heart with your teen right before he or she heads off to the prom. You were going to issue a warning about prom night drinking, and especially, drinking and … [Read more...] about Is It Too Soon to Talk To Your Teen About Prom Night Drinking?
Some bad news from the CDC. We all know that teens drink, whether parents allow them to or not. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that more than half – about 58 percent – of high school students who drink are binge drinkers. One one level, it’s an obvious … [Read more...] about High Schoolers Who Drink are Binge Drinking, Says CDC
One of the delights of spring in America’s high schools is the prom - a chance for teens to dress up and celebrate the end of a tough school year – usually their last high school year – with a formal event. Most parents, though, are a bit nervous on prom night if driving is involved, and they’re … [Read more...] about What Makes Prom Season So Dangerous on the Road?
The sad fact is: young people drink and drive. More teens die in car crashes than any other way – about six every day in the United States. Almost a quarter million people aged 16 through 19 are sent to emergency rooms with motor vehicle injuries. Teens are more likely to drink and drive than … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Prevent Your Teen From Getting a DUI
Drinking and driving is not an equal-opportunity crime. While you can find pre-teen drunk drivers and ones in their 70s and 80s, young people - including college drinkers - are over-represented in those ranks. Most are in the 21 to 34 group. Impulsiveness, immaturity, a youthful feeling of … [Read more...] about Tempe DUI Task Force Targets College Drinkers
It’s not easy being the parent of a teen. Every day can be a battle of wills, and your concern for their safety isn’t always appreciated. And when they drive, your worries multiply. Teens take risks: they speed, they are easily distracted, and too often they drink and drive. Some parents have found … [Read more...] about Does Your Teen Drive? Consider an Ignition Interlock.
The countdown has begun. Talk to police, and they’ll tell you that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day comprises the 100 deadliest days of the year. During this period – this summer it’s really 98 days – road crashes and fatalities invariably climb. One reason has to do with teenagers. … [Read more...] about Still Left: 84 Deadly Days and Counting
A couple of things we know about high school-age teens: they engage in risky behavior, and they don’t get enough sleep. And now a CDC study suggests that these two facts are related. The Center for Disease Control found that almost 70 percent of teens reported that they don’t get enough sleep on … [Read more...] about Could a Lack of Sleep Cause Drunk Driving Among High School Students?