PROMise to Keep It Safe
sure prom night is a positive experience you'll always remember; don't drink
alcohol or use any other substances that will compromise your ability to make
- Discuss plans with your friends/date ahead of time. Know your agenda and
communicate with your parents.
- Plan ahead what you will say or do
if someone offers you alcohol or another illegal drug. Use phrases such
as, "No thanks," "Are you kidding? I want to remember this
night!," or "Actually, I'd rather have a soda. Do you have
- Know your date before you go. If your date is a set-up, try to take a walk
at a park or go for a smoothie before the big night. Both you and your
parents will feel better about you staying out late with someone you know.
- Find out what your curfew is and share it with your date/friends before
prom night. Discuss with your parents after-curfew possibilities (the
party at your friend's house or early morning breakfast at your place).
- Ask a trusted adult to be near a phone and to be available prom night in
case you need to call them, and carry enough change with you to make
several phone calls.
- Take your, or borrow your parent's, cell phone and slip it into your purse
Get to Your Destination Safely
an eye on your date/driver to make sure he/she doesn't drink any alcohol.
Alcohol slows reaction time and impairs vision, clear thinking, judgment,
are more drunk drivers on the roads during the weekend. Keep a close eye
on oncoming drivers, as impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights.
where you're going before prom night and have directions to those places.
your red light turns green, wait a second before pulling into the
intersection, just to be safe.
on well lit roads, and carry a phone if possible. That way, if you get a
flat tire, you're not stranded, waving down a cab with your silk tie or
girls are distracting enough -- keep the radio volume turned low enough so
your driver can concentrate on getting you to the fun. And don't forget
your seat belt!
sure the car has enough gas to get where you're going (besides, parents
are definitely on to the "But we ran out of gas" excuse!).
-- if you find yourself in an uncomfortable position, or if the driver
isn't safe, have enough money with you to call a friend or a cab.
to Have Fun without Drinking
to a late-night diner all dressed up and order fries and a milkshake;
it'll hit the spot and you'll get tons of attention!
a bunch of one-use cameras, pass them around to your friends, and set a
goal to use every last picture before the night is through!
a "Cranium" or "Act One" party at someone's house;
don't forget to have lots of sodas, chips, and dips. You'll be hungry
after all that dancing!
a karaoke party at your house, in a friend's barn, or at a local Elks or
an arcade with your date or with a group, and challenge each
other to a game or two.
your local YMCA if you can plan an after-prom basketball tournament. Bring
your favorite CDs to play in the background.
to a late night coffee house and relive the evening for hours!
prom, gather in a friend's house or backyard, take your shoes off, turn up
the music, and really dance! Don't forget to notify neighbors and police
of your special event, and don't let guests come and go.
You Can Do In Your Community
prom, work with your local law enforcement agency to plan a compliance
check to help the police identify area retail alcohol outlets that are
illegally selling alcohol to people under 21.
with school officials to organize an assembly that sends positive messages
about abstaining from alcohol and other drugs and shows the possible
with your school's prom committee to plan a fun and safe after-prom
facts and statistics about alcohol consumption and consequences for
use/abuse and make school announcements.
your or your friends' little brother or sister say "no" to
alcohol. See if your local elementary school knows about "Protecting
You/Protecting Me", an alcohol prevention curriculum for grades 1-5.
your local MADD chapter and ask how you can prevent underage drinking in
You Need to Know
to what you may hear or see, most teens aren't drinking. 81% of
adolescents age 12 to 17 have chosen NOT to drink in the past year. (SAMHSA,
of 12th graders disapprove of consuming five or more drinks once or twice
each weekend. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 1996)
may be alive today because the legal drinking age is 21. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates these
laws have saved over 18,820 lives from 1975-1999. (NHTSA, 1999)
process alcohol differently than males; smaller amounts of alcohol are
more intoxicating for females regardless of their size. (NHTSA, 1990)
same amount of alcohol is in a 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 12-ounce wine
cooler, and a 5-ounce glass of wine.
male high school students, 39% say it is acceptable for a boy to force sex
with a girl who is drunk or high. (US Dept. of HHS, 1992)
though youth are less likely than adults to drive after drinking, their
crash rates are substantially higher. (NIAAA, 1996)
in the #1 youth drug problem (CSAP, 1996); it kills 6 times more people
under 21 than all other illicit drugs combined. (PIRE, Ted Miller, Ph.D.)