MADD Calls On Parents To Stop Teen Drinking

By: AP
By: AP
MADD says more than half of teen drinkers get their alcohol from adults. They say parents, therefore, are the key to preventing underage drinking.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving says parents are the likely key to ending what the group says is a "national epidemic" of underage drinking.

MADD President Jan Withers says more than half of teen drinkers get their alcohol from adults, and 26 percent get it from a parent or family member. Withers adds that the same research finds that three-fourths of teenagers say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions to drink.

The national advocacy group is promoting Power Talk 21 on Saturday, April, 21st. The workshops are designed to help parents talk with their children about alcohol.

Maryland mother Carrie Hoover says she wishes she had talked more often about underaged drinking with her 20-year-old son John. He and two other friends were killed in a drunk driving crash after a party last May. The driver, who wasn't hurt, now faces vehicular manslaughter charges.

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