Mar
16
2009
LITTLE ROCK, AR —The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility brought a life-saving lesson about the dangers of drunk driving and underage drinking to students at Robinson High School in Little Rock today. Brandon Silveria and his father Tony spoke about the importance of "making the right choice" about alcohol – and if students are under the age of 21, that the only responsible decision is not to drink. Brandon was involved in an alcohol-related crash at age 17 just before his high school prom. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking.

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) also supports the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's proclamation to name March, April, and May 2009, as Prom and Graduation Safety Months. "Prom and graduation season is a time of great celebration for Arkansas high school students and their families. Unfortunately, alcohol is sometimes a part of the celebration. As parents, educators, and mentors, it is important that we continue to talk to our students about making responsible decisions for their own safety and the safety of others."

"Our goal with this presentation is to raise awareness about this serious problem and help our youth to make the right choice about alcohol," said Shannon Adams of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. "I'm pleased we were invited to Robinson High School today, and I am hopeful that Brandon and Tony's words will resonate with the students."

During the presentations, Brandon Silveria told his wrenching story of how as a high school student he had everything a teenager could want—a job, a girlfriend and plans for the future—until he had a few drinks at a party and chose to drive home. After falling asleep at the wheel, crossing the centerline and crashing into a tree, he was left in a coma for three months and spent several years in rehabilitation. Brandon was so badly injured that basic motor functions such as walking, talking and swallowing had to be re-learned.  He has permanent brain injury and suffers from dangerous seizures. Brandon’s presentations continue to receive standing ovations from students across the country.

"What you become depends on the choices that you make," said Brandon. "When I was seventeen, I had a job and a girlfriend. Because of my crash, I lost both of them. My hope is that by sharing my experiences with other young people, I can prevent others from being hurt or killed."

Through educational efforts such as the Silveria lecture and video program, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility educates students across the country about the hazards of underage drinking and driving. Since Brandon and his father Tony have become spokespeople for The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, they have addressed well over three million high school students nationwide and have been featured on such television programs as "Rescue 911," NBC's "Today," as well as media outlets across the country. 


The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking.  Founded in 1991, The Foundation is funded by distillers.  For more information on The Foundation and its mission, please log onto www.responsibility.org.

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Contact: 
Matthew B. Harakal
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
(202) 637-0077