The shocking statistics about underage drinking

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The shocking statistics about underage drinking

A statistic that is very important to me is the fact that alcohol kills, underage drinking, kills 6,000 people a year; more than all the other illegal drugs combined. We also know that parents who give their kids alcohol in the home, all sorts of studies show, those children drink more often and more alcohol when they are away from the home and away from their parents. One in one hundred parents, think that their child binge drinks, but one in five children actually binge drink. What's important for me is that four out of those five children, don't binge drink. That statistic tells me that parents want to be very aware of their children and be involved in their children's lives and have a clear, no use message.
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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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