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Friday, June 12, 2015

Underage drinking is always a problem

On behalf of Noland Law Firm, LLC posted in drunk driving on Friday, June 12, 2015.

One of the more troubling aspects of alcohol consumption is that of underage drinking. In Missouri, underage possession of alcohol is prohibited by law. And minors are prohibited from having any alcohol in their blood while operating a motor vehicle. Nevertheless, about 36 Missouri teens are estimated to die every year from alcohol-related vehicle crashes.

How is this possible? How do they get the alcohol? From parents who ignore teens raiding a liquor cabinet to those teens that receive it from friends or obtain false IDs, apparently a great many teens are finding and using alcohol.

The reason teen alcohol use is so dangerous is that it can create a lifetime of substance abuse issues. Teen brains are not fully developed and alcohol can damage that development. Further, teen's lack of impulse control is exacerbated by alcohol use, which can accelerate that very alcohol use, and lead to binge drinking and deadly drunk driving crashes.

Sometimes it is the environment, such as an "off-road" event last weekend that attracted as many as 15,000 people and involved underage drinking and a fatal ATV accident that took the life of a 20-year-old woman.

One vehicle stopped contained a group of teens with beer and liquor they obtained at the event and the driver was found by a trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol to have a blood alcohol content of 0.20, vastly exceeding the 0.00 limit for teen drivers.

Parents can model responsible drinking behaviors and actively engage their teens, to help them avoid the risks of drunk driving accidents and the greater risk of a lifetime of alcohol abuse problems.

Source:, "Off-road event strains law enforcement, spurs complaints," Michelle Friedrich, June 11, 2015

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