Underage drinking is a national epidemic. The risks are sky-high for teens and for our communities. This gripping docudrama video program lays out the many risks of underage drinking. The message avoids hysterics as it uncovers the eye-opening facts in detail. Counselors, law enforcement personnel, DUI victims, former teen abusers, medical experts and family members contribute dramatic insights. New scientific studies show how even small amounts of alcohol can create chronic health issues for teen brains. Viewers learn that DWI and DUI take thousands of lives every year. Students are asked: Is it worth it? Is it worth getting caught with a fake ID and risking a permanent police record? Is it worth riding in a car with a drunk driver? Is it worth risking your brain's health? Is it worth causing serious injury to someone else? Is it worth dying for?
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post test in digital format
The reasons, effects, risks, responsibilities and consequences of underage drinking are presented in this educational documentary. Diverse, underage teens are depicted in real-life settings sharing their stories involving drinking and recovery. School and rehabilitation counselors discuss the reasons teens drink and binge drink as well as the harmful effects on the body. A law enforcement agent focuses on the criminal aspects of underage drinking, including the DUI arrest process and the long-term implications of DUI convictions for teens. Consequences from risky behaviors, including STDs, HIV, AIDS, rape, DUI, and death, are emphasized by medical professionals. Chapters include topics such as: underage purchasing of alcohol, binge drinking, risky behaviors, getting arrested, and alcohol overdose. The most notable section of the program is when a mother shares the heartbreaking loss of her daughter to alcohol poisoning, emphasizing how it could have been prevented. Chapter selection is available. Interviews are impressive and age appropriate, making this an effective teaching tool for students in middle and high school.
—Linda M. Teel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC