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What parents should know about prom night and drunk drinking

Prom season is upon us. This means that teens across our region are eagerly anticipating their night to dress up, take pictures and enjoy a party they will never forget. While most parents are worried about how much everything will cost (including dresses, tuxedos, and dinner), they should be worried about the effects that alcohol may have on prom night.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children aged 12-19. Even more troubling, about a third of all of these accidents occur between April and June, which is designated as prom season.

With that, this post will highlight a few prom night dangers that parents may not know about. 

Alcohol use is more common than you may think – A survey of teens aged 16 to 19, showed that nearly half anticipated getting drunk on prom night.

Teens may be afraid to call for help – Teen drivers were also more likely to get behind the wheel while drunk than to call for help because they were afraid of getting trouble for using alcohol.

Peer pressure is still a powerful influence – A Mothers Against Drunk Driving survey found that 75 percent of teens were pressured into using alcohol on prom night. Coupled with the powerful incentive of being accepted by friends, and it is likely that teen drivers will give in to peer pressure.

Because of this, it is important for parents to have open and honest conversations with teen drivers about the use of alcohol during prom night.

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