Let prom memories be good


Prom night carries with it the notion of magic. It’s the formal ball, the last go-around with your classmates, the mystical night with that special person. It’s about high school kids putting on their formal best, dining at that special restaurant and generally being the stars of the show for that one unique evening.

For parents, well, there are indeed other emotions.

There is the worry about drunk driving, concerns about the people dating their sons and daughters and the inevitable fears of drug use. It’s a lot to worry about, and it’s tricky because parents don’t want to ruin a special evening for their children.

To alleviate some of the concerns of parents, we’ve taken a few statistics from Suite101.com that contradict some rumors about today’s youth.

For instance, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admininstration, 81 percent of adolescents age 12 to 17 have chosen not to drink in the past year. Also, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse did a study that reported that 65 percent of 12th graders disapprove of consuming five or more drinks once or twice a weekend.

What do those numbers prove? Well, only that our kids are probably more smart and responsible than we give them credit for on a consistent basis. Does that mean that parents have nothing to worry about this prom season?

Nope.

The concerns are real. Another study on the site, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism revealed that while teenagers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking, their crash rates are much higher. Remember, even if your child is responsible, it only takes one irresponsible driver to ruin lives forever.

Parents, talk to your children about the dangers of drunk driving before they go to prom this year. Formulate a plan with them where they could call you for a ride if they’re left without options for a ride home.

Prom night is magical. Try to prevent it from being tragic.