Mother On A Mission To Help Others After Losing Her Daughter To Drinking

Debbie Allen lost her teenage daughter back in 2008. Shelby Allen spent the night out at a friends house, and it turned into an evening of binge drinking. As Good Housekeeping shares, Shelby died after downing 15 vodka shots. Debbie is now spreading the word on the dangers.

The unspeakable tragedy led Debbie and her husband down a dark path. While they always felt they were on top of their daughter, they couldn’t help but look backward and wonder what they had missed.

"We second-guessed everything we did that day. If only we had said she couldn't spend the night at Alyssa's house. If only we had banned sleepovers altogether," she explains.

Shelby had spent the night at Alyssa’s house before, and the families knew each other relatively well. Everything was going along fine until the adults went to bed for the evening. That’s when the liquor came out, and Shelby made an incredibly foolish choice. While it’s not entirely clear why she was determined to down 15 vodka shots in one sitting. That’s incredibly dangerous behavior for anyone to engage in, and it proved to be fatal for Shelby.

She wound up getting violently ill, and she would be found dead the following day in the bathroom. Her friend Alyssa is also incredibly scarred by what took place that night, and she has joined Debbie on her quest to educate others about the perils of teen drinking.

"My stance is that teens shouldn't experiment with alcohol, which means they shouldn't drink at all because what they wind up doing is seeing how much they can drink before they pass out or get sick. They don't think of alcohol as something that can kill you," Alyssa said.

Perhaps Debbie and Alyssa can help change that line of thinking. In the meantime, parents need to have an open dialogue with their children about the dangers of alcohol.

Source: Good Housekeeping]
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