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Teen Drinking Carries Lifelong Risks

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As the director of the university's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, Donovan says that both parents and peers play a big role in shaping teen-age drinking behavior. To reduce early alcohol use in your family, here's what Donovan recommends:

  • Be a role model in demonstrating responsible use of alcohol.
  • Do everything possible to keep your child interested in school.
  • Make it your business to know who your kid's friends are.

The influence of peers can help reduce teen-age drinking. That's the premise behind MADD's 2nd National Youth Summit, starting this Friday in Chevy Chase, Md. During the summit, high school students from all over the U.S. will make recommendations to Congress in an effort to reduce underage drinking and impaired driving.

 

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