Underage drinking leads to fatalities on, off roads

Underage drinking can lead to fatalities on and off our highways, according to MADD. (Source: CNN)
Underage drinking can lead to fatalities on and off our highways, according to MADD. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – When teens mix drinking and driving it can be disastrous, but new data shows that the majority of deaths from underage drinking were not due to traffic accidents, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The organization found that 68 percent of the alcohol-related fatalities in young people were from homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning and other causes.

Three out of four teens said their parents are the no. 1 influence on their decisions about alcohol, according to MADD.

But how do you talk to a teen about this tough topic?

Try not to lecture or be too heavy-handed with your kids. Instead, approach them in a loving manner and listen to what they have to say. Educate them about the dangers and be a good role model.

Keep track of where your teens are and what they are doing.

Help your child brainstorm ways to deal with the peer pressure to use alcohol and be clear that you don't want them to drink. Say it often and let them know it's because you care.

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