Teens and alcohol don’t mix

College and high school seniors in the next couple weeks will be preparing to enter another part of their life.

Family and friends will gather at graduation parties in the weeks ahead to celebrate the milestone in the graduate’s life.

It also is a time to use common sense when hosting graduation parties.

Alcohol and graduation parties just don’t mix.

The headlines were filled during the past couple years with what happens when teenagers drink and the possible resulting trouble.

Parents preach to their children about alcohol use, especially when they or their friends will be behind the wheel of a car.

Graduates often can pressure parents to offer beer or other alcoholic drinks at the party. The parents can sometimes be asked to look the other way during the party as the graduate and their friends help themselves to a couple cold ones from the keg or a few shots from the bottle.

Parents need to know the law is very clear about supplying alcohol to anyone under the legal age.

The number of parents providing alcohol to teens is a small. The majority of parents use common sense and refuse to allow alcohol at graduation parties.

Underage drinking is one of the leading causes of death for teenagers – car accidents. Underage alcohol use also is linked to two-thirds of all sexual assaults, date rapes of teens and increases the chance of sexually transmitted diseases.

Lives can be forever changed by the immature decisions made by teens under the influence

Parents need to make it clear the party will be alcohol free – even for the adults. They also need to talk to their children about attending other graduation parties. Find out who is hosting, if alcohol will be available, who is invited and how many adults will be present.

Also, have discussions with your children about what to do if they are at a party with alcohol present.

High school graduation parties are a celebration of a big event in a teens’ life.

Alcohol and teens don’t mix.