Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Guidance

Teens At-Risk Series

A series of important programs that address difficult issues facing today's teenagers using positive situations and true and believable role models. Series: 9 programs (10 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Drinking and Driving: A Teenager's Nightmare

Drinking and Driving: A Teenager's Nightmare

"Alcohol use is the number one drug problem among young people. More college undergraduates will die from alcohol-related causes than will receive a masters or doctorate degree. During a typical weekend, an average of one teenager dies each hour in a car crash. Nearly fifty percent of those crashes involved alcohol" - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Sixty-four percent of teens nationwide have used alcohol in the last 90 days. This shocking statistic comes to life as this realistic program opens and closes with silhouetted teens speaking frankly about their experiences with alcohol. A false sense of invincibility makes many teenagers and young adults susceptible to peer pressure to use drugs or alcohol. In this program outstanding high school athlete Eric Johnson's illusions of invincibility are shattered when he reluctantly gives in to peer pressure and tries alcohol at a party. The consequences of drinking and driving are powerfully portrayed when Eric kills an old woman crossing the street. The causes of teen drinking are also explored including family history, buried feelings, and sense of not belonging, and the pressures of growing up. Flashbacks to Eric's childhood show the trauma of growing up with an alcoholic father. Despite his athletic success, Eric suffers from low self-esteem. After Eric's dreams for the future have turned into a nightmare, he returns to tell his classmates, "A year ago something happened that would change my life forever; it can happen to anyone." This program demonstrates to teens and young adults that they are not invincible, their actions have consequences, and drinking and driving is dangerous. Produced by Cherub Productions, Inc. 2008 JSCA 30 min.
Also See: Kids 1: The Zone (Advertising and Alcohol); Kids 2: The Rave (Adolescents and Alcohol); VOX 4: Internet; Marketing & Drugs; Mendhi Body Art; Changing Focus (On Substance Abuse)

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