Alcohol is third leading preventable cause of death

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As a part of Alcohol Awareness month, Mothers Against Drunk Driving are increasing public awareness about alcohol abuse among underage drinkers.

More than 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes each year. Nationally, alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death.

Joining us in the KXAN studio is Jaime Guiterrez, the State Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). With prom and graduation approaching, MADD is launching a new campaign called Power Talk 21.

“It’s designed to remind Texas parents about the importance of talking with their children about alcohol and the dangers of riding with a driver who has been drinking,” said Guiterrez.

The program and resources are available to help parents start the conversation with their kids about underage drinking. Informational materials, resources and a free community workshop are available for parents.

The month-long activities are leading up to the Nationwide Power Talk 21 day on April 21, the national day for parents to talk to children about alcohol. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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