Local teens promote alcohol awareness on prom night

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The red carpet was rolled out on Saturday night for Aubrey Turner and her friends from D.H. Conley High School, in Greenville.

As part of the “Dine and Shine Prom Night Sweepstakes,” Turner won a limo ride to and from prom, plus a dinner to share with her friends.

The teens pledged to avoid alcohol and to celebrate safely.

Talk it Out N-C says this is a way to ensure teens are safe during prom and encourage underage drinking prevention.

All during prom season, Talk it Out N-C awarded dinner and a safe ride to prom to six different teens across the state.

According to a Triple-A survey, more than 40 percent of teens say they’d likely drink alcohol or use drugs on their prom night.

While Talk it Out N-C says underage drinking can result in a variety of negative consequences for teens, they say parents can help.

Talk it Out N-C suggests parents to help in ways of:

· Talk about alcohol. Have honest conversations about the dangers of underage drinking and ask open-ended questions for age-appropriate conversations.

· Discuss emotions. Talking to teens about their feelings can help them understand how to regulate difficult emotions instead of turning to substances later in life.

· Use the Text “X” Plan: Teens who find themselves in uncomfortable situations can text “X” to their parents for an immediate pickup with no questions asked.

For more information on underage drinking prevention, visit www.talkitoutnc.org.