Did you know that in a recent survey, 81 percent of high school students said they use alcohol? And 31 percent of high school students said that they binge drink at least once a month. (Binge drinking is defined as a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above; for boys, this typically means consuming five or more drinks in two hours; for girls, four or more drinks.) These are students ages 13 to 18. For them… for their families… The Risk is Real. Every year, 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die from underage drinking.
The Archdiocese of New York Drug Abuse Prevention Program (ADAPP) has developed The Risk Is Real campaign dedicated to changing these statistics, encouraging parents to talk with their teens, increasing adult and youth awareness of the risks involved, and inspiring more teens to choose not to drink. On the Risk is Real campaign website, you’ll find facts, tips, conversation starters, pledges, and true stories.
The Risk is Real website is for schools, students and parents to use, watch, listen and learn. You’ll find facts that may surprise you, and tips to help families talk about this tough topic. Some of the most powerful pieces on the site are the true stories of real teens and how their decisions about drinking changed their lives forever. Watch the videos and see if they change your perspective. Whether you’re a teen, a parent, a teacher or business owner, you can take a stand against underage drinking and support the health and safety of kids in our community.