MADD Says 85 Percent of Texas Parents Say Their Kids "Are Not Interested in Drinking"
Fifteen percent are realists.
Texas parents are a deluded group, if a new survey for Mothers Against Drunk Driving is any indication.
The survey says 85 percent of Texas parents feel their children "are not interested in drinking."
At least some of those 85 percent have kids in high school, one would think. But apparently they have those high schoolers who study hard and maybe get in a bit of trouble by, at most, TPing someone's house and then cleaning it up the next morning.
"These statistics demonstrate a need for more parents to talk more often with their teenaged children about the dangers of underage drinking," said Myra Constable, a single mother and widow due to a drunk-driving crash who was quoted in the MADD release. "We all think...'it's not my kid; it won't happen to us;' but I'm here to say it can. Talking about alcohol regularly may just save your child's life."
The organization said the Texas parents' belief doesn't stack up with reality: "However, national data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that a third of eighth graders admit to drinking, and one in seven sophomores and one in four seniors say they have been drunk in the last 30 days," MADD said.
MADD also released national stats on where those horrible kids who drink get their liquor:
-- From a parent, guardian or family member who is 21 or older (26 percent)
-- From someone 21 or older who is not related to the teen (25 percent)
-- From someone under 21 who is not related to the teen (22 percent)
-- Took it from home (10 percent)
-- Took it from someone else's home (5 percent)
The surveys were conducted in conjunction with PowerTalk 21 Day, April 21, a day in which MADD urges parents to talk to their kids about alcohol.
It comes one day after 4/20, for what it's worth.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.