Prom and graduation are both upon us. While this is an exciting, important and memorable time in a teenager’s life, it is also a risky one. Teens will have many opportunities to drink in the next few weeks, which could lead to more dangerous roads because:
- Teens drink to excess. Most teenagers do not know how to pace themselves or just drink a little at parties. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 23 percent of high school seniors habitually indulge in binge drinking.
- Alcohol hits young people harder. Compared to drunk drivers over the age of 21, underage drunk drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged 15-20. Every year, nearly 2,000 people under 21 die from alcohol-related car accidents.
In addition to creating serious road hazards, drinking alcohol underage has other effects, such as:
- Higher likelihood of suicide. Alcohol is a depressant, which can react negatively with teens already suffering from depression.
- Stunted brain development. Research shows that a person’s brain keeps developing until their mid-20s. Early and excessive exposure to alcohol can halt brain growth and increase likelihood of developing an addiction.
- Poor decision-making. Teens who engage in binge drinking are more likely to abuse drugs and engage in unprotected sex.
Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol. Tell them to call someone before they get behind the wheel. It might save their lives.
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