Download this publication Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone—regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families—it is a nationwide concern.
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The acute alcohol poisoning death of year-old Julia Gonzalez shook the nation in when she was found dead in a park. The coroner said her blood-alcohol content showed the equivalent of 16 drinks consumed in one hour. An average-sized, healthy person generally can safely process one drink in one hour. Gonzalez' death was ruled accidental. Although no one has come forward to say what happened that night, it is assumed her death was the result of binge drinking gone terribly wrong. Although, her death highlights clearly the dangers of binge drinking for others.
It was the first night of Christmas vacation — one of the biggest teen party nights of the year. Seventeen-year-old Shelby Allen, an athlete, honors student, and avid shopper, begged for her older sister Tera's permission to borrow her VW Beetle for the occasion; she even offered to "detail" it. Debbie had no qualms about giving her daughter permission to head out and spend the night at her best friend Alyssa's house. Though Debbie's manner may be unassuming, she's always been known as one of the stricter parents in her neighborhood, thanks to her tough-as-nails career in law enforcement. At 21, she was a correctional officer in a men's state prison; 10 years later, she worked as a bodyguard for California's governor and his family before leaving the capital to raise her family in rural Redding, California.
Efforts aimed at teen drinking and driving help reduce deaths, but so do broader alcohol control efforts. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of death for teenagers in the United States, and alcohol is involved in 1 out of 4 of those crashes. The stronger a state's restrictions on alcohol overall, the lower the teen death toll, a study finds. Policies aimed at the general population were more effective than those targeting teens, the study found.