You Have the Power

Alcohol interferes with how your child's brain and body grow. Plus, decades of research show that people who start drinking at an early age can face severe, persistent problems throughout their lives.

You can prevent that.

As a parent, you have the power to help your child make smarter, sfer choices. Your influence can save lives ... perhaps even your child's.

MADD’s Power of Parents® program empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking and other drug use.

This program is made possible by our generous sponsor:

Since 2011, MADD has partnered with Nationwide to deliver the Power of Parents program focused on reducing teen deaths and injuries, preventing future drunk and drugged driving behaviors, and creating safer and healthier communities through the prevention of underage drinking. Thank you, Nationwide for your commitment and partnership! Check out this message from Martha Frye, MADD National Board member and Senior Vice President of Personal Lines Claims at Nationwide. #Nationwide #MADD #PowerofParents

Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Tuesday, 8 June 2021

How to talk to your kids about alcohol

Dr. Robert Turrisi, PhD, has spent decades researching how parents can best talk to their children about preventing underage drinking and drunk driving. Now, you can view all of his helpful videos.

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Get answers to your big questions

How does my parenting style impact my teens chances of drinking before 21?

Parents rely on certain strategies for raising their children. Research shows these parenting styles fall in to one of four basic categories. Find out which style of parent you are by answering a few short questions.

What strategies can I provide my child to help him or her?

Sometimes, teens face situations where they are pressured to do something they would rather not do. For example, a friend might push your teen to have a drink when your son or daughter doesn’t want to Practice these helpful strategies to help your child.

How do I know if my child has a drinking problem?

Your teen could already be drinking if alcohol is missing from bottles or cans in your home. Take our short quiz to find out more.

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