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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Communication is the Key

    As a nurse, I’ve seen the impact that underage drinking can have on young people, through death, injury, or problems later in life. As a parent, though, I know both how hard it is to have the discussion with your children about alcohol and how important that lifesaving discussion can be. Alcohol is the drug most commonly used by teens, but three-quarters of all kids say parents are the number one influence on their decision to drink or not to drink.

    That’s why I’m proud to support PowerTalk 21® on April 21st—the national day for parents to talk with their children about underage drinking. MADD’s Power of Parents™ program, created in partnership with Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. Robert Turrisi, provides guidance for talking with teens about the dangers of drinking before age 21, and is based on research proven to help reduce underage drinking by as much as 30 percent.

    You can download a parent handbook free of charge. This handbook provides tips and conversation starters and can help you answer the difficult questions your kids may have about alcohol. 

    On April 21st, please start the conversation with your kids about underage drinking, and help keep the next generation of Texans safe.