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Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Program (ADAPP)

Parents Who Host Lose the Most

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-to-20-year-olds in America. In fact, young drivers between 15 and 20 years old, account for less than seven percent of America's licensed drivers, yet are responsible for just over 20 percent of the nation's annual traffic crash fatalities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 7,884 drivers, ages 15-20 years old, were involved in fatal traffic crashes across the nation in 2003 – killing a total of 8,666 persons and injuring over 300,000 more.

bullet It is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol for anyone under 21 years of age.
bullet It is illegal to host or allow teen drinking parties in your home.
bullet It is illegal for teens to drink and drive.
bullet Parents can be prosecuted and may be liable for property damage and loss of life due to their teen’s drinking and driving.

Zero Tolerance Laws

bullet No amount of alcohol is allowed for any driver under 21 years of age.
bullet If caught drinking and driving an underage driver will lose his/her driver license and pay penalties.
bullet If caught drinking and driving without a license underage drivers will have to wait and extra year before they are permitted to get a driver license.




photo of a car accident

Why Should Parents
be Concerned?

bullet Drinking and
driving -

an average of six
young people die
in alcohol related
crashes every day.
bullet High-risk sex -
alcohol use
increases a teen’s risk of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual assault.
bullet Violence - alcohol contributes to 70% of violent behavior on campuses, and is involved in 64% of all homicides.
bullet Suicide - alcohol combined with depressiion and stress can increase a teen’s risk of committing suicide.
bullet Binge drinking - most teens drink to get “hammered”. Binge drinking (five drinks in a row for males and four drinks in a row for females) is extemely dangerous.
bullet Alcohol poisoning - drinking large amounts of alcohol may lead to coma and death.

Hosting Alcohol-Free Teen Parties

bullet Make it clear that alcohol and other drugs are not allowed.
bullet Set a start and end time for the party.
bullet Avoid the “open party”, send invitations.
bullet Have plenty of food, and non-alcoholic beverages.
bullet Provide music, dancing, games, and movies.
bullet Provide adult supervision.
bullet Call the parents of a teen who arrives under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
bullet Call your local police to report “house parties” where underage drinking is going on.