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Alcohol Awareness: Keeping Prom Night Safe

By April 3, 2014

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One of the reasons Alcohol Awareness Month is held in April is because it is the beginning of the prom and graduation season, a time when celebrations can turn dangerous for underage drinkers. Many communities conduct anti-drinking campaigns during the month aimed at curtailing alcohol use before, during and after the special events.

In 2005 for example, during Prom and Graduation Season (April, May, June), 676 students under the age of 21 were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Consequently, prior to prom, many schools plan programs aimed at educating kids against the dangers of drinking. These programs feature special speakers, presentations and even displays of crashed vehicles to emphasize the danger.

Some groups utilize some form of a "sober contract," a promise that students sign agreeing to remain alcohol and drug free during the prom and graduation season.

At the event itself, many schools across the nation have begun using breathalyzers to test the blood alcohol content of prom-goers and turning away at the door those who have been drinking.

A Dangerous Season

Statistics show that Prom-Graduation season - the months of April, May and June - is the most dangerous time for teens. One-third of the alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens each year occur during those months.

"Prom and graduation season is here again - this is a time for celebration," says Susan Molinari, Chairman of The Century Council. "Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking which can result in tragedy. It is no secret that children under 21 years old are drinking. It is therefore critical that parents keep the lines of communication open when it comes to talking to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving."

Prom Safety Tips from Cassandra Morris and Casey Lewis:

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April 25, 2008 at 11:38 am
(1) Tom Bradford says:

The Century Council video is a fun and unique segue into a very serious and important topic. I cannot stress enough the importance of educating young people about the real consequences that accompany making the decision to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks.

I also agree that utilizing a ‘sober contract’ or ‘prom promise’ with teens can bridge the gap in communication often accompanying the topic of alcohol abuse. Another great resource for education on adolescent alcohol consumption is the THINK prom promise pledge campaign from Nationwide Insurance and MADD. There is information for parents and a program for students to pledge to remain alcohol-free during prom season and throughout the rest of the year.

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