Revealing your own history with underage drinking

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Revealing your own history with underage drinking

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Many times when we are discussing this with our children, they are going to ask if we drank before age 21. Honestly is very important when talking with your kids. Some parents do seem to say, "That is not open for discussion. I feel that if we don't say that, they feel like we are hiding it and they assume that we did. Even if we did and you are honest about it, you want to add in there that we didn't know then as much as we do now. We know much more about the dangers and the risks involved of underage drinking. It is much more important. This is how you feel about it and these are the boundaries.
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Learn about: Revealing your own history with underage drinking from Jan Withers,...

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Jan Withers

National President, MADD

Jan Withers joined MADD in 1992, after her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed by an underage drinker who chose to drive after consuming numerous alcoholic beverages. Withers first volunteered by sharing her story and lobbying for tougher legislation. She wanted to make a difference by helping to stop this 100 percent preventable violent crime. Now as National President, Jan Withers speaks to lawmakers across the country about the importance of legislation requiring ignition interlocks (or “in-car breathalyzers”) for all drunk driving offenders, a key part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. She also advocates for federal legislation that provides research funding for technology that will turn cars into the cure for drunk driving. In addition, Withers continues to raise awareness for MADD’s victim support services, even leading a monthly support group — while also expanding the reach of MADD’s underage drinking prevention programs.

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