‘Black Wednesday’ one of deadliest nights for teens

Frederick police are trying to curb underage drinking (File, AP)
Talk to your teens about underage drinking

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 1:51 am

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Darci Marchese, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Most people know about Black Friday. But what about Black Wednesday?

It’s one of the deadliest nights of the year for teenagers.

“Most people don’t realize that the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is one of the most fatal nights of the year with regard to drunk driving and underage drinking,” says Caroline Cash, executive director of MADD Maryland.

MADD says Wednesday night is a bigger party night than prom night or even graduation night.

Cash says Black Wednesday got its name from college kids drinking “to such an extent that people are blacking out.”

While some college students stay at college to party with friends, many others head home.

MADD says alcohol flows freely and easily at home, adding “the liquor cabinets are stocked, they’re (parents) getting ready for the holiday season.” It’s less obvious to spot a missing bottle of alcohol with parents planning their own parties.

Cash hopes parents will talk to their kids about the dangers of excessive drinking and also discourages them from hosting parties with alcohol for under-agers.

If you need help talking to your kids about the dangers of alcohol, MADD has many tips.

To read more about “the Power of Parents” follow this link.

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