Enjoy a FUN, SAFE and ALCOHOL FREE Prom Night

Prom season is a very memorable time in young people’s lives. It’s about having fun with friends and celebrating.  In observance of Alcohol Awareness Month in April, Rachel Pena, coordinator of the Genesee Valley Health Partnership’s Healthy Communities that Care project, offers some tips for parents on making sure that Prom Night is FUN, SAFE and ALCOHOL FREE.


  • Make sure your child has a plan for the evening and that you know what that plan is
  • Work with the school to have food served during the prom
  • Know all of the ‘hot spot’ destinations
  • Take stock of all of the alcohol in your home
  • Know who is driving — if it is a limo check the policy on allowing alcohol in the vehicle
  • Discuss the school’s prom rules with your teen and make sure they understand the consequences for violating them
  • Encourage seat belt use — safety is the best accessory!
  • DO NOT rent hotel rooms for prom-goers
  • Communicate with other parents and school officials
  • Stay up for your teen’s return from the prom and make sure they check in with you
  • Have your child sign a pledge before prom in which they pledge to remain alcohol-free.


It’s Prom Season – Keep Teen Parties Alcohol Free

If your teen wants to throw a party, you might be feeling a bit nervous ‘ and with good reason! New York parents who host an underage drinking party can end up serving a year in jail and paying fines as high as $1,000. To keep the party safe and fun, read these simple tips from Rachel Pena, Healthy Communities That Care coordinator for the Genesee Valley Health Partnership.



- Give invitations to a limited number of guests to avoid ‘open party’ situations. Don’t email them.

- Put your phone number on the invitation and welcome parents to help chaperone.

- Set rules ahead of time such as no alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Set a start & end time for the party.

- Let attendees know that if they leave, they can’t come back.

- Call parents of any teen possessing alcohol or under the influence. If you can’t get in touch with them, keep the teen there or call the police if necessary. You can be civilly liable if you know a teen has been drinking and you let him leave.

- Secure all alcohol and firearms in a safe place.

- Visit the party area regularly with sensitivity to teens’ needs for privacy.



- Call the parent in charge to verify there will be adult supervision.

- Make certain the host will not serve or allow alcohol. Ask about their plans to handle the situation if a teen shows up with alcohol.Offer to chaperone or to bring snacks over.

- Tell the host that if your teen leaves and goes elsewhere, you will want to know.

- Set a curfew for your teen and have them check in with you when they arrive home.

- Assure your child that they can call you to be picked up whenever needed.


For more tips for parents and teens, visit www.GVHP.org 

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