Setting boundaries and rules about teen drinking

President of the nationally organized organization MADD, Jan Withers helps parents learn to set boundaries and rules about teen drinking, especially if driving is involved too.
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Setting boundaries and rules about teen drinking

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We want to tell our children right up front, that they do not have the alcohol before the age of 21. We want to make sure that they socialize in an environment where alcohol isn't being used. Never get in the car with someone who has been drinking. Be sure that you communicate this with love and concern as you communicate what the boundaries are and that there are consequences. Always with love because you are concerned about their safety.

President of the nationally organized organization MADD, Jan Withers helps parents learn to set boundaries and rules about teen drinking, especially if driving is involved too.

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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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