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A new year’s talk for teens
By John Stephens
Underage drinking is running rampant across the nation.
From high school parties to college campuses, youth under 21 are drinking alcohol. Whether it is easier access, the feeling it is a rite of passage, or peer pressure, the problem is taking its toll on our youth.
In 2012, over the New Year holiday (from 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 3), an especially a high risk period, 140 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
Please do not delay in having that conversation with your child. Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 people each year.
Our son was killed in an underage drunk-driving crash on Mother’s Day 2009; Adam was only 18. I had the conversation with Adam and his friends about not drinking and driving, and I assumed that not getting into a car with a drunk driver was understood.
I should have been more direct.
To this day, I replay how that conversation would go.
What pains me so deeply is that this