Online Originals: Keep teens sober during graduation season

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During prom and graduation season there’s a spike in underage drinking. Talk It Out NC encourages parents to have honest, non-judgemental conversations with their kids about alcohol.

“Underage drinking is breaking the law,” said Elizabeth Montgomery, a Talk It Out NC ambassador. “It’s telling them to make the right choices. To think about what underage drinking can do in the long-term. What consequences can happen in the short term.”

Some short-term consequences include engaging in risky behavior and making bad decisions like getting behind the wheel of a car.

“We know that one out of four teens that are involved in a vehicle crash, it has been due to drinking and driving,” said Montgomery.

According to Montgomery, one-third of the alcohol-related teen crashes occur between April and June during prom and graduation season.

Long-term consequences are hindering brain development and killing brain cells. The brain is not fully developed until the age of 25-27.

Graduation parties are a popular spot for underage drinking. Talk It Out NC has some fun ideas on how to keep teens sober during these celebrations.

“Have raffles throughout the night. Every half an hour, give away a gift card to a sandwich shop or a coffee shop. Have some games. Give away free t-shirts,” said Montgomery. “For example, if you know some students will be attending ECU, buy some ECU shirts to give away.”

Another part idea is to have a photo booth with props.

If you’d like to learn more about Talk It Out NC and take the pledge to stop underage drinking, click here to visit their website.

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