Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 25 movie night: consequences of underage drinking & driving

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), "Each year, about 4,700 people die as a result of underage drinking . . .but the majority of the deaths attributable to alcohol use among 15 to 20 year olds are not on our roadways . . . 32 percent of all deaths related to underage alcohol use were traffic fatalities and 68 percent were other fatal incidents, including homicides (30 percent), suicides (14 percent), alcohol poisonings (9 percent) and other causes of death (15 percent)."

In collaboration with Seattle Children's Division of Adolescent Medicine, Prevention WINS is hosting a special movie night tomorrow, April 25, featuring a short video that tells the story of one NE Seattle teenager who did drink and drive and the consequences of her decision.  In addition to her story, the new coalition-produced video follows a local police officer as he patrols Magnuson Park and discusses other consequences of underage drinking including sexual assaults.  The video ends with advice for parents from a Seattle Children's Hospital adolescent medicine expert.   

The video will be followed by a presentation by members of Nathan Hale High School's Raiders Against Destructive Decisions (RADD).  They recently surveyed local stores that sell alcohol to assess retail practices that enable youth to access alcohol and tobacco.  RADD will present their findings.

For more information about tomorrow's event, please contact the Prevention WINS coordinator.

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