Friends, Family Main Suppliers of Alcohol to Underage Drivers

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Alcohol-related car accidents continue to be a major risk for teenage drivers who are at a high risk for driving under the influence of alcohol. Even though, a driver below the age of 21 is not allowed to possess alcohol, the number of teenage accidents involving driving under the influence of alcohol every year, just confirms that those laws are very often violated. A new survey finds that very often, it is friends and family members, who actually supply in the underage driver with the alcohol.

The survey was conducted by the Centers for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. The survey focused on more than 9000 students, who were in grade 7 to 12. The researchers specifically focused on teenagers who drank alcohol or smokes.

Among the students who admitted to drinking alcohol, 39% admitted that they were given the alcohol by someone else. Approximately 28% confirmed that they gave money to someone to purchase the alcohol for them, while 6% got their alcohol from a liquor store. Obviously, teenagers who drink alcohol are finding many ways of getting around the system.

Among the students who lived in urban or suburban areas, approximately 40% reported that they were given the alcohol by someone else, while in rural areas, the rate was approximately 35%. In rural areas, approximately 33% of the students said that they gave someone else the money to buy the alcohol for them, but while in the urban areas, the rate was approximately 27%.

Not surprisingly, older teens were much more likely to admit that they gave someone the money to buy the alcohol. As many as 32% of older teens admitted doing so.

Other common sources of accessing alcohol for teenagers were grocery stores, gas stations and bars.

Study Finds High Rates of Binge Drinking among American Teens

Monday, September 23, 2013

As many as one in five American high school seniors binge drinks frequently, and some of them actually have more 15 alcohol beverages in a single session. A new study clearly indicates that binge drinking is widely prevalent in the teen population.

The study, which was published in the Journal of JAMA Pediatrics Journal, finds that approximately 20% of high school seniors reported binge drinking or drinking five or more alcohol beverages in a single session over the past two weeks. Approximately 10.5% admitted having 10 or more drinks during a session, while nearly 6% admitted to having 15 or more alcoholic beverages.

Males, not surprisingly, were much more likely than female teens to report binge drinking, and whites were also much more likely to binge drink compared to blacks. The researchers also found it interesting that students who have college-educated parents, were at a greater risk of drinking excessively. However, having parents with a college background seemed to reduce the risks of drinking extreme binge drinking, or drinking 15 or more alcoholic beverages in a single session.

The researchers analyzed data involving approximately 16,000 high school seniors, including a fairly 50/50 division of males and females. The researchers have concluded that binge drinking is widely prevalent among American teenagers, and that the current strategies that are in place to reduce the rates of excessive drinking among this segment of the population are simply not working enough.

They are calling for the development of more effective strategies to reduce the risk of excessive drinking among teenagers. Excessive drinking is linked to driving under the influence of alcohol and alcohol-related accidents among other consequences.

Research Provides New Clues about Causes of DUI Accidents

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

According to a new study conducted at the University of Missouri, people who otherwise are against driving under the influence of alcohol, find that their attitudes undergo a change once they have drunk a moderate amount of alcohol.
The researchers analyzed 82 adults, and measured their attitudes toward driving under the influence of alcohol, both while sober and after they had consumed some amount of alcohol. They found that there was a staggering difference between attitudes towards intoxicated driving when the subjects were sober, and after they had consumed a certain amount of alcohol.

When sober, these adults were stringently against driving under the influence of alcohol. However, they did not believe that it was such a dangerous practice, once they had consumed a few drinks.

This is a classic example of the manner in which alcohol can impair a person’s judgment. After a certain number of drinks, a person may not be able to make the right kind of judgment calls, and one of the first things to fly out the window after a few drinks, is the person's distaste for driving under the influence of alcohol. As a result, the person may drive or operate a motor vehicle, believing that there is nothing wrong in doing so.

Every year, alcohol kills more people than any other motor vehicle accident factor, excluding speeding. Thousands of people are killed annually, and even more people are severely injured in alcohol-related accidents across the country. Many of those accidents are caused by people, who normally would never have driven while intoxicated, but decided that they would do so, just one time.

In order to stay safe when you're out drinking, make sure that you have a designated driver for the evening that is entrusted with the responsibility of driving you home.

Drunk Driving Accidents Expected to Spike in December

Thursday, December 06, 2012

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, every 52 minutes, a person is killed in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver. Los Angeles car accident lawyers expect those numbers to spike over the next couple of weeks, as we head into the holiday season, and see an increasing number of drunk drivers on our roads.

It's with good reason that the White House has dedicated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. President Barack Obama has dedicated the month of December to the prevention of impaired driving. As we get closer to Christmas and New Year's, Los Angeles roads are likely to see a major influx of intoxicated or drugged motorists, who are in no condition to drive.

There is enough reason to be worried. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1/3 of all crash fatalities involve a motorist driving under the influence of alcohol. Approximately, 30 people on an average die in an alcohol-related car accident every day in the country. There's one fatality in an alcohol-related car accident occurring every 48 minutes. Annually, drunk driving accidents cost the US economy $51 billion dollars.

Some categories of drivers are at a special risk for intoxicated driving. For example, young people at all levels of alcohol intoxication are at a much higher risk of being involved in a crash compared to senior drivers. Many of these young drivers are aged between 21 and 24. The 2nd largest group of at-risk drivers for drunk driving is between the age of 25 and 34.

As we enter the holiday season, remember that friends don't let friends drive drunk. Designate a driver when you're out in a group, and avoid drinking and driving at all costs. Remember that impaired driving includes not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but also driving after taking drugs like marijuana.


High Risk of Los Angeles Teen Driver Accidents on Prom Night

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It’s that time of year again, when Los Angeles teens shop for the perfect dress, rent a tuxedo and head out for one of the most memorable nights of their lives. Unfortunately, prom night is also one of the deadliest nights for teenagers. With all the excitement around prom, many teen drivers are likely to set aside some of the safe driving rules they have been taught since they got their provisional license.

Los Angeles car accident lawyers find that that alcohol use is a major factor in teen accidents in California. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol is a factor in approximately 30% of all fatal teen driver accidents. Although the number of fatal teen driver-related accidents is down in California, there has been no serious change in the percentage of teenagers involved in such accidents.

In Los Angeles, schools are making an effort to educate teenagers about the dangers of aggressive behavior on prom right. They are conducting mock DUI crashes, which help teenagers understand, even if superficially, the kind of danger that they place themselves in when they drive under the influence of alcohol.

Parents have other reasons to be worried on prom night. Many teenagers spend the hours after prom, driving with friends, and this increases their risk of being in a distracted driving accident.

Los Angeles parents can help make sure that their children have a safe and enjoyable prom. Make sure you know who is taking your child to the prom. If your child is traveling in a limo, make sure that the limo company does not have a policy of serving alcohol in the limo.

Discuss all rules for driving safely with your teenager, and lay down strict penalties for breaking these rules. Stress the importance of seat belt use. If your child intends to have friends over after the prom, make sure that all alcohol in your home is safely secured and out of reach.


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