Teen drinking and driving declines

While a shocking 11.4% of the alcohol consumed in the United States is consumed by underage drinkers, a recent CDC report claims that 10% of high school drinkers report drinking and driving. Any drinking and driving is too much drinking and driving, but teen drinking and driving has fallen by more than half since 1991. Although significantly cutting drinking and driving is a laudable accomplishment, it does not indicate that these high drinkers are making more responsible choices with alcohol.

Of those teens that reported drinking and driving, a startling 85% of them said they binge drank before driving. It appears as though drinking and driving has developed a negative stigma since 1991, which makes roads safer. However, discouraging drinking and driving does not appear to be halting dangerous consumption. This level of over consumption puts teenage lives in a different type of danger. Without the opportunity to learn to make responsible choices, one can only wonder if drinking to such dangerous levels will increase?


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One Response to “Teen drinking and driving declines”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    Drunk driving by high school students has fallen significantly since the 1990s so that’s a good thing. It’s not shocking or surprising that 11% of alcoholic beverages consumed are by people under the ageist drinking age. To further decrease drunk driving by high students, more parents will need to talk to their daughter or son about drunk driving. Parents should also talk to their daughter or son about binge drinking. If scare tactics are not used, teachers can teach students about the dangers of drunk driving and the negative effects of binge drinking. It’s a good thing for parents talk to their daughter or son about alcohol responsibility because the daughter or son will know what their parents expect. Away from home, the young woman, young man, girl or boy will know why alcohol responsibility is the right manner.