Alcohol is Killing America's Youth 05/31/2012


by Moody Adams
Alcohol is a leading factor in the three leading causes of 15-24 olds deaths: automobile crashes, homicides and suicides. Each year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking, including 1,900 deaths from car accidents, 1,600 homicides, 300 suicides, and hundreds of other deaths due to accidents like falling and drownings.

On an average of every 31 minutes in a human being was killed in a alcohol-related U.S. traffic fatalities(National Highway Traffic Safety {NHTSA}, Traffic Safety Facts, 1996).

1,400 (3.84 a day) college students in the U.S. are killed each year as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths in America every year. It is the third leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States.

Drivers under 25 were more likely than those over 25 to be intoxicated in a fatal crash (CDC, "Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities Among Youth and Young Adults - United States, 1982-1989," MMWR, 3/91, p. 179).

Compared with drivers who have not consumed alcohol, the risk of a single-vehicle fatal crash for drivers with BACs at or above .15%, compared to drivers who have not drank alcohol, is estimated to be 380 times higher. (NIAAA "Drinking and Driving," Alcohol Alert No. 31, 1/96).

Those who murdered intimates admitted drinking the largest quantity for the longest period prior to the offense. ( U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Alcohol and Crime, 1998).

Alcohol has many ways of killing our young people. Heavy and chronic drinking increases cancer risks, with an estimated 2-4% of all cancer cases believed caused directly or indirectly by alcohol abuse. (NIAAA, Alcohol Alert, No. 21, 7/93).


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