A message to youth who use alcohol or drugs:

If you think your drinking or drug use only affects you...YOU ARE WRONG.

It affects your parents, siblings, friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, teachers, and society.

Many of you not only drink alcohol, but drink to get drunk. You donít always realize the negative consequences that can happen. From failing grades to fatal car crashesÖplus fights, injuries, crime, suicide, homicide, DUIís, arrests, rape, date rape, unplanned and unprotected sex that leads to teenage pregnancy, STDís, HIV/AIDS and more

You donít need all the problems that alcohol and drugs cause. And you donít need to get high to have FUN.

Some of you say, ďI would never drink and drive.Ē But when you are under the influence you donít think clearly and do things you might not normally do.

Over 20,000 people die in alcohol related crashes, many innocent victims of a teenage drunk driver. Thousands of people are injured resulting in brain damage, paralysis, broken bones, etc. Over 5,000 people die from alcohol poisoning. And thousands more die from drug overdoses.

As parents, we love our children -- nurturing and teaching them values -- hoping you will grow up into responsible, mature adults. But when you drink alcohol underage, or drink to excess, you are not being responsible or mature. And you are affecting everyone around you. When you choose to get involved with alcohol or drugs you turn your familyís world upside down. Some of you become moody, belligerent, and mean. Some threaten violence to family and friends. Some stay out late till 3 or 4 in the morning or doní t come home for days. We stay up all night long listening for that door to close behind you so we know you are home safe. We hope that we donít get that phone call saying you have been arrested or are in the hospital. We pray we donít get that dreaded knock on the door from the police saying you have died.

Remember, you are not invincible.

--written by Lisa's mom
for questions or comments please email: judy@lisaslight.com

For more information
please visit this link:

The Fight Against Underage Drinking

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