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November 19, 2014
The holidays are a time we share with families and friends being thankful for health and life. This also tends to be one of the busiest times of the year. With parents distracted by holiday activities and time off from school, this can lead to great temptation from teens. An organization located in Pinellas County, called the LiveFree! Coalition, wants to remind parents to slow down during the holidays and remember that your teenagers safety comes first.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people aged 12 to 20 years old drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States and more than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks.
“Alcohol is often a large part of the holiday season,” says Daphne Lampley of LiveFree! Coalition. “It is usually the gift of choice for coworkers, a staple at holiday parties, and it is normally served at family events.”
With the holidays heavily influencing alcohol, statistically, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities than any other time. LiveFree! encourages parents to get even more involved during this time and talk with their families openly about the dangers of substance abuse.
Below are some easy and practical tips from the LiveFree! Coalition which parents can use to help keep teens safe during the holidays:
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, spend time with family, and show gratitude for all that one has in life. The LiveFree! Coalition of Pinellas County wants to remind you to slow down this holiday season, give thanks for what you have, and remember to not let the holiday season get in the way of keeping your teenagers safe.
About LiveFree! Pinellas
LiveFree! Pinellas is a coalition that raises awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse among youth, young adults and adults in Pinellas County. By offering trainings, advocacy, town hall meetings, a Speaker’s Bureau, environmental strategies and awareness events, LiveFree! encourages Pinellas County families to live safe, healthy and drug-free. For more information, visit the blog at www.livefreeblog.org or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/livefreeFL.