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Teaching Teens About Underage Binge Drinking

Updated on April 9, 2012

The Texas Young Lawyer’s Association (TYLA) has many valuable resources for educators and parents that help educate teens about legal issues such as civil rights, school violence, voting rights, the constitution, internet safety, and environmental law. TYLA’s most recent project deals with the serious problem of underage binge drinking. The new multimedia project is called The Unconscious Truth: Physical and Legal Effects of Underage Binge Drinking. It consists of a 15-miute video depicting the true story of Shelby Allen, a 17-year old honor student who died of alcohol poisoning after drinking 15 shots of vodka at a friend’s house. The film describes the warning signs of alcohol poisoning and discuses the legal and physical consequences of underage drinking. At the end of the video, students are asked a series of thought-provoking questions about underage drinking which will be sure to stir up a heated classroom debate. There is also a myths section which educators can use as a true/false game or quiz.

This project is great way to raise awareness about the problem of underage drinking and teach minors the warning signs of alcohol abuse. Educators can access The Unconscious Truth for free by visiting the TYLA website. If you prefer a hard copy, you can order a DVD of the project by contacting the TYLA office at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1529.


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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      My sister died of alcohol poisoning several years ago. She was a binge drinker who kept it hidden from everyone but her husband and kids. It's a sad thing for a family to go through, and preventing it from happening is a very worthy endeavor.

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      Bahin Ameri 5 years ago from California

      I totally agree. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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      slipandfalllawyer 5 years ago

      Learning begins at home. Parents should make an effort to teach their teenage children about the risks of binge drinking. Nice hub!