Wallace Takes on Adult Facilitated Holiday Drinking by Teens

In an article in the Albert Lea Tribune, Alice Englin, coalition director for Freeborn County (MN) Partners In Prevention, points out the dangers of allowing teens to use alcohol during the holidays, citing Stephen’s column on the subject, ‘Tis The Season. 

Dancing and prancing through Jingle Bell Square, more than a few seasonal revelers mistake alcohol consumption for holiday celebration – teens included. Following the lead of influential adults, many young people are tempted, even encouraged, to finish up the old and ring in the new by, well, downing a few.

According to a new Teens Today study from SADD and Liberty Mutual Group, nearly half of high school teens (45 percent) say their parents allow them to drink at home, including almost one in three who say they are allowed to do so to mark special occasions, such as holidays.

Where’s the harm in that? Let’s make a list.  Read more …

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