Research Shows Parents Should Talk Early, Talk Often With Children About Underage Drinking

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Connecticut and Connecticut Experiential Learning Center will be holding a Power of Parents Workshop on September 21, 2016 to provide parents with tips, tools and techniques for having conversations with their teens about the dangers of underage drinking.

A new MADD and Nationwide Survey shows that about one-third of parents believe the ages in which to start talking with their children about alcohol are 14-18 in high school. Because research shows children start weighing the pros and cons of underage drinking as early as age 8, as 2nd-3rd graders in elementary school1, MADD urges parents to start talking much earlier and to keep talking as those perceptions about alcohol continue to form and change through age 21.

About 4,700 people die each year as a result of underage drinking — more than all other illegal drugs combined. Previous research shows that parents are the number one influence on their children’s decisions about alcohol, so MADD and Nationwide encourage parents to start ongoing conversations with their children about the dangers of underage drinking, using the Power of Parents handbook as their guide. Parents can get the free handbook at

Power of Parents Workshop Meets Wednesday, 21 September 2016 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: 28 School Street, Branford, CT

MADD’s Power of Parents® research-based program and materials are provided to parents, equipping them with the tools necessary to prevent underage drinking.

Power of Youth classroom presentation Meets Monday, 26 September 2016 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Ages: 10 through 14

Location: 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Teens have more power than they think when it comes to saying no to alcohol. MADD Power of You(th)TM is one of three key programs in MADD’s underage drinking prevention initiative. Through an engaging presentation designed to reduce and prevent underage drinking, youth will hear vital statistics highlighting the dangers and consequences of underage drinking, including how it affects the developing brain.

Together, Power of Parents® and Power of You(th) TM foster the conversation between parents and teens about the dangers of underage drinking and help end the problem of underage drinking.

Both workshops are FREE. Registration required.

Contact [email protected] or call 203.433.4658
to register or for more information.

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