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  • BUILDING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TALKING TO YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT ALCOHOL AND DRIVING

    SPEAK YOUR MIND

  • AREAS FOR STUDYAs was said earlier, the key to becoming an eff ecti ve resource and source of informati on for your children is gaining knowledge. Have the facts on your side and at your fi ngerti ps.

    Using this website and associated resources, you can learn the facts about alcohol and driving, including:

    > The eff ect of alcohol on the body Even in the year 2010, the impact that alcohol has on people, and how that im-pact can vary based on factors like gender, is someti mes poorly known. Learn about how alcohol aff ects the body so you can explain the process that your body goes through to process alcohol and how long it can take to leave your system.

    > The eff ect of alcohol on driving Everyone knows that drinking and driving is bad. Right? Wrong. The fi rst mistake that parents make is that they assume their kids know that this is a bad idea. The problem is that while everyone knows that the mechanics of driving are fundamentally impossible when someone is intoxicated, the eff ects of a small or moderate amount of alcohol in the body is poorly understood.

    > Myths and misconcepti ons about impaired driving Too oft en, young people are the victi ms of bad data. Misper-cepti ons and myths need to be dealt with head-on; otherwise they lead to poor decisions down the line. Key here is learning about the common mispercepti ons of impaired driving like saying that all drunk drivers are the same.

    Scenarios for class discussions with youth

    Following are possible scenarios that youth may face with drinking and driving. Each scenario is summarized with a ti tle followed by a brief descripti on of the circumstance. This is followed by variables to the scenario to provoke and to guide discussion.

    Scenario #1: Party at a friends house

    Descripti on: You are invited to a party at a friends house. A close friend off ers to give you a ride. When you get to the friends house, it turns out that its a keg party. The close friend who gave you a ride drinks but also eats throughout the evening. About fi ve hours later, when its ti me to go home, your ride seems sober even though he had several glasses of beer, earlier on. You know that theres a risk to being a passenger with driver whos had even just one drink, so you dont want ride home with your friend. What will you do?

    > Variable #1: In additi on to the above, although there are other people at the party, most live in the neighbour-hood, and walked over. Only you and the friend who gave you a ride have driven. Both you and your ride live in the same neighbourhood, but from the other side of town too far to walk. What will you do?

    > Variable #2: Also, public transit stopped an hour earlier. What will you do?

    > Variable #3: Further, you havent enough money for a cab. What will you do?

    > Variable #4: Theres more: your parents are out of town for the weekend. What will you do?

    > Variable #5: Finally, you dont have any other relati ves who live in the community. What will you do?

    Scenario #2: Camping at the lake

    Descripti on: You and some friends go out camping to a lake camp site, and drive to get there on Friday evening. You all brought lots to drink, but the plan is that you are staying over, and will only drive back on Sunday aft ernoon. But late Friday night, theres a thunderstorm with a torrenti al downpour. When someone

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  • checks the weather forecast, you fi nd out its expected to rain hard for the rest of the weekend. Everybody wants to go home, but youve all been drinking steadily since you arrived. What will you do?

    > Variable #1: The lake is an hours drive from where you live. What will you do?

    > Variable #2: Also, theres no cell phone recepti on, and theres no public telephone. What will you do?

    > Variable #3: Everybody else decides to leave and drive home. What will you do?

    > Variable #4: Not only does everybody decide to leave, but you dont have a tent, and the fi re has gone out. What will you do?

    Scenario #3: Water-skiing at the lake

    Descripti on: You and some friends go out camping to a lake where you plan to tent and water ski with the motor boat someone has brought. But when its someone elses turn to ski, and youre riding in the boat, you noti ce that your friend is drinking a beer while driving the boat. What do you do?

    Scenario #4: Date night

    Descripti on: You and your date go out to eat, and plan to go to a movie. Although you both had a big meal, you both drink. Your date drove. Dinner is done, and its ti me to drive to your movie. What will you do?

    > Variable #1: The movie theatre is just across the parking lot from the restaurant, so you can walk over. The movie lasts an hour and a half. Its been two hours since your dates last drink, when its ti me to go. What will you do?

    > Variable #2: Even though its been two hours since your dates last drink, your date sti ll seems a bit intoxicated. What will you do?

    > Variable #3: You arent insured on your dates car. What will you do?

    Scenario #5: After the game

    Descripti on: Youre playing sports, Saturday night, and you caught a ride with a friend who also plays. Aft er the game everybody decides to go out for drink. Its goes on late ti ll closing and your ride has been drinking all night. What will you do?

    > Variable #1: Everybody else who has a car has already left . What will you do?

    > Variable #2: Also, public transit stopped an hour earlier. What will you do?

    > Variable #3: Further, you havent enough money for a cab. What will you do?

    > Variable #4: Theres more: your parents are out of town for the weekend. What will you do?

    > Variable #5: Finally, you dont have any other relati ves who live in the community. What will you do?

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  • Scenario #6: At a friends house

    Descripti on: Your mom dropped you off at a friends house for the evening. Your friends dad is planning to give you a ride home. But when its ti me to go home, you can tell you friends dad has been drinking. What do you do?

    > Variable #1: Public transit has shut down, and you havent enough money for a cab. What do you do?

    > Variable #2: You cant reach either of your parents on the phone. What do you do?

    Scenario #7: Concert road trip

    Descripti on: You and your friends have ti ckets to a rock concert. One of your friends has borrowed his parents mini-van, and youre all going in one vehicle. But your driver has been drinking throughout the concert. When its ti me to go home, what will you do?

    > Variable #1: All your friends except you have been drinking as well. What will you do?

    > Variable #2: You havent been drinking, but you dont have a drivers licence. What do you do?

    Scenario #8: Home for the holidays

    Descripti on: Youre att ending university about six hours drive from home. Its Christmas, and to save some money, youre catching a ride home. But when you stop to eat along the way, about three hours into the trip, your driver decides to have a beer with the meal. What do you do?

    > Variable #1: The driver is a good friend, whose parents are friends of your parents. What do you do?

    > Variable #2: You dont know the driver very well. What do you do?

    > Variable #3: Theres no bus or train service. What do you do?

    > Variable #4: There are hotels close by, but you dont have a credit card. What do you do?

    Scenario #9: Ski weekend

    Descripti on: Over the Christmas break, you and some friends from high school have booked a ski weekend with a chalet, a couple hours drive from your home town. Youve caught a ride with a friend on the understanding that you have to come back on Sunday night in order to be back in ti me to catch a non-refundable fl ight early Monday morning back to university, in another part of the country. But Sunday evening, your friend has a few drinks with dinner. What do you do?

    Scenario #10: Mountain snowmobiling

    Descripti on: You and some friends go out camping in the mountains, and each of you is riding your own snowmobile. When you stop for lunch, you noti ce that not only is one of your friends drinking with lunch, but has been drinking even before you stopped. What do you do?

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  • NOTES

    EVEN SOBER YOUNG DRIVERS ARE 9 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO CRASH.

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