Idabelle Fosse, Program Coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Seattle, says that April is “Alcohol Awareness Month.” Underage drinking puts minors at risk of accidental injury, peer abuse and possibly death. Yet nearly one in three eighth graders, and 50 percent of all 10th graders, admit to haven drank alcohol.
Why emphasize the importance of frequent, ongoing communication about alcohol between parents, educators and teens in April? Because now is the time just before prom, graduation and summer when kids are more likely to drink.
To celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month, Fosse is asking parents to talk to their kids about under-aged drinking on April 21st in particular. To support that effort, MADD has published many “Power of Parents” materials and provides a free 30 minute training presentation on-line at www.madd.org/PowerTalk21.
“Power of Parents,” a program shown to significantly reduce underage drinking. It was developed by Rob Turrisi, Ph.D. in psychology, along with Pennsylvania State University. The 30-minute presentation gives parents solid advice about how to speak to their offspring about booze and is available for free for parents to watch on-line at www.madd.org/PowerTalk21.
Also in support of Alcohol Awareness Month, Fosse is asking local high schools to mail a letter, books and other MADD materials to parents. The education comes at no cost to parents or schools.
In the Seattle area, Fosse is working with Nathan Hale, Garfield, Roosevelt and West Seattle High Schools.