MADD encourages parents to talk to teens about underage drinking
POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:53am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 4:30pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — As summer wraps up for students across the Borderland, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) are urging parents to have talk to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking.
Last year during back to school season, there were 196 underage drinking related accidents in the state of Texas.
MADD has a program called the Power of Parents that helps parents have the conversation about underage drinking.
They also add parental guidance plays a crucial role in guiding teens away from risky behavior.
"You have the authority to teach them from the right and wrong and show them examples. I know I've been with my kids... I've taught them a lot with what I've been through and they've actually really good not drinking," said Benigno Cazres, a parent in East El Paso.
73 percent of teens also said they drink because most or all of their friends do.
" I think it is on the rise. I used to do it myself, and I'm sure everyone else used to do it," said Ivan Delcastillo, a resident in East El Paso.
He also added that the growth of El Paso has contributed to teens being able to get their hands on alcohol.
For more information on the Power of Parents and their handbook, visit the MADD website.