Youths speak out
To the editor:
Parents, do you know how many kids die from drinking alcohol, without being in a car? Allow your kid to start drinking at home and they could be one of them. According to the Drug Free Action Alliance, "Every day more than six teens die from non-driving, alcohol related causes, like falls, drowning and suicide."
Don't tell your kids not to go to parties, but then allow them to drink in your house. Lock up or hide your alcohol and stop giving your kids mixed messages about alcohol use. If you really care about your children, be their parent, not their friend. Set clear rules for your kids that state no drinking, anywhere, at any time, until they are 21.
When teens drink alcohol before they turn 21, studies show that they have more of these problem behaviors:
1. More sex, especially unprotected sex.
2. Stealing or skipping school.
4. Greater risk of becoming dependent on alcohol.
You cared about their every move when they were young, don't stop now or their life may be done.
By Cody Manning, Romeo Dorvilien and Shania Noel
Eighth graders and members of the YES Team at the Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County