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Accidents related to alcohol use are among the leading causes of death for teens. Car accidents are the main type of deadly accidents that can occur due to teenage alcohol use, but other alcohol-related deaths occur every year. Keep reading for more on teen alcohol related deaths.
Though many teens, and sometimes their parents, think that drinking won't hurt them, alcohol use leads to more teen deaths than any other single factor. Parents and teens should understand the dangers of teen alcohol use and why it is important for teens to avoid using alcohol.
Some statistics about teen alcohol related deaths show some of the dangers of teen alcohol use:
In addition to the teens who are killed in alcohol-related deaths, many teens every year are injured or disabled in alcohol-related accidents. Teens who survive drunk driving accidents where others were killed often live with guilt for their rest of their lives, especially if they were the driver. Teens who drink are also more likely to suffer from physical and mental health problems, which can shorten their lives.
Thanks to efforts to educate teens and enforce minimum drinking ages, the number of teens involved in alcohol-related deaths has declined in recent years. The numbers are still too high, however, so it's important for parents and friends to do their part to discourage teen drinking:
Though teen alcohol related deaths from car accidents is more likely for teens as they approach driving age, other types of teen alcohol-related accidents and deaths can occur even before teens start driving. This means it's important for parents to start talking to their children about not drinking before they even reach their teen years. If teens have already started drinking and can't stop on their own, they may need professional help to overcome their drinking problem and avoid becoming another statistic about teen drinking.
Federal Trade Commission, We Don't Serve Teens, "Dangers of Teen Drinking" [online]
SAMHSA Family Guide, "December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month" [online]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Motor Vehicle Safety, "Impaired Driving" [online]
Kathleen Boyce Rodgers, University of Tennessee Extension, "What to Know About Teen Alcohol and Other Drug Use" [online]
Nemours, TeensHealth, "Alcohol" [online]
Students Against Destructive Decisions, "Statistics" [online]
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