Sunday, December 26, 2010

Marchman Act Blog Local News: TEEN PSA - Underage drinking: Experts alert Palm Beach County parents to underage drinking problems

It's not cool to be the "cool parent" — giving permission to teens to drink at home over the holidays, the Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition said.

The coalition is alerting parents of the problem, said Coalition Director Jeff Kadel, because some of them don't even realize it is one.

"This is the season where alcohol-related accidents go up and you need to monitor who's at your house and what they are consuming," Kadel said.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death among people ages 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Palm Beach County, records show that alcohol-related crashes reached 1,715 in 2009, up from ,419 in 2005.
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