15 Shots Killed Shelby Allen
What's perhaps more shocking is that the 17-year-old drank them at a friend's house, while the parents were home. Here, how her mom is fighting to make sure no other child dies this way
What to Tell a Teen About Drinking
Some experts may think the "don't drink" message is all that teens should hear. But according to a 2009 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42 percent of high school students said they had drunk alcohol within the past month, revealing that the no-booze mandate isn't always heeded. So take this advice from Kate Cronan, M.D., a pediatrician and medical editor at kidshealth.org, about what to tell your teen to keep him safer
If You or a Friend Throws Up After Drinking
Be sure the drinker is not lying on his stomach or back. If you throw up while you're lying flat, it increases your chances of choking on the vomit. It's best to be upright - on your knees or standing - and by the toilet. If that's too hard, the next best position is lying down on your side.
If you or a friend vomits repeatedly, get a parent or older sibling involved. If you throw up once, you don't have to call 911 - but if you can't stop, you may have to. Reach out to an adult to help you make a decision.
Do not drink any more Your having vomited does not mean that your stomach is "empty" and therefore you can drink more, as some teens believe. It means you've had too much to drink. Stop.
Call 911 if the Drinker...
Doesn't respond when someone says his name. If you get close to the person's face, say his name loudly, and don't get an answer, medical attention is required. Say to the operator, "We can't rouse our friend, who's been drinking. He's not responding." Let them know you urgently need help.
Is breathing irregularly If he's taking lots of little, shallow breaths - not deep ones - he's in distress.
Is paler than usual If he looks ashen and feels cool to the touch, get help ASAP.
Know Not to Go Solo
Tell teens to enlist a buddy if they ever do experiment with alcohol. The two friends should make a pact that they will tell each other when they start acting drunk. The pals should take heed when they hear they've had too much, and stop drinking. - Annie M. Daly
The New Laws
In almost all cases, anyone who drinks alcohol before turning 21 is breaking the law. But in 27 states, parents who host underage drinkers in their homes - defined as "social hosts - are breaking the law, too. And this situation occurs more often than you may think: One in four teens says he's attended a party where under-21s were drinking in front of parents. Here's what you need to know to be informed and to keep your family safe: