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How Dangerous is Underage Drinking?

Most of us are aware that in all 50 states of the US, it is against the law for individuals under the age of 21 to possess or purchase alcohol. Many people are confused about the laws governing underage drinking, and think that all consumption of alcohol by those under 21 is illegal. However, most states provide exceptions for times when minors can drink, including being provided alcohol by family or location-specific exceptions. Most people age 21 and above support the current age of requirement for drinking, largely because it can be so dangerous for young people to consume alcohol.

What are the Dangers?

Why is underage drinking taken so seriously? The following are some facts about the dangers of underage drinking:

  • More than 5,000 teens die in relation to alcohol use each year
  • According to the CDC, 90% of the alcohol that underage drinkers consume is in the midst of binge drinking
  • About a third of teens who are killed in car accidents were drinking
  • Car accidents, suicide, and homicide are the three top causes of death for teens, and alcohol is considered a main factor for all three
  • More than 50% of 18 — 20 year-olds who consume alcohol participate in binge drinking, the highest percentage of any age group of drinkers

Binge drinking is especially dangerous, since it is associated with serious accidents, violence, liver damage and other serious health problems, STDs, unwanted pregnancy, and more.

Contact Us

Underage drinking can prove dangerous for many of us, in various ways. Despite the dangers, many underage individuals choose to drink and sometimes also drive. If such an individual hurt you or a loved one in a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Depending on the details of your case, it could be the minor or another party who is considered liable for your injuries. Contact the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case today.