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To the editor:
As we move into the prom and graduation season, the
conversation often turns to making plans to celebrate these events.
While fun and parties are an important part of high school memories,
be clear that providing alcohol to underage youth is not.
Most parents know not to provide alcohol to their teenage
children, but according to the 2010 Illinois Youth Survey, up to
one-fifth of Logan County teens have at times gotten alcohol from
Too often a parent or other adult might think, "I'll just take
their keys so they won't drive"; or, "I did it when I was in school
and I turned out OK."
Over the years we have seen on numerous occasions that teen
drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning, sexual assaults, alcoholism
and all kinds of accidental injuries, some of which can be fatal.
Young people tend to underestimate the risks of drinking and the
fact that they aren't invincible.
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Please recognize that giving alcohol to teens comes at a cost.
For both teens and adults, there can be serious consequences to
providing alcohol to a teen. Parents who provide guidance and
boundaries to their teens greatly reduce the odds of prom night
ending in tragedy. Help your teen make the best kind of prom and
graduation memories possible.
When they think back on memories years from now, the worst thing
we want them to cringe about is their hairstyle and prom attire.
Those are the types of prom and graduation memories we can all live
Logan County community prevention coordinator
April 26, 2011]
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