Consquences of Underage Drinking | Reducing Underage This chapter reviews some of the acute and chronic consequences of underage drinking.
I think that drinking and driving is still a major problem for teens. My aunt’s car was totaled in a drunk driving accident. She was not the drunk driver. Someone had hit her while drunk. Thank God she was not hurt. I think teens are more likely to be the ones drunk driving because they might think they’re cool for A. Drinking and B. Driving. At this age, it is exciting to be able to drive, and also, at this age people like to drink and think it will make them cooler. They don’t really think before they get into the car, which they should. I plan on being the designated driver for when my friends and I go out. I do not think it is smart to drink then drive because you can get hurt as well as hurt others, so I plan on being the smart one, to keep myself and the ones around me safe. Yes, I think the state should get more strict with the rules and with drunk driving limits because drunk driving deaths are not necessary and do not need to happen, so we need to do everything we can to prevent them.
I know someone who was killed from drinking and driving I do think that it is a problem for teenagers. Honestly i feel that adults drink and drive more frequently then teenagers. I do not have a policy because i can not drive yet. I think that stricter laws would help. If there are strict punishments for being over the legal drinking level, people may be less likely to risk it.
I think that drinking and driving will always be a problem. I do not know anyone who has been involved in any drinking and driving incidents. Teenagers are more likely to have been drinking when in an accident because they drink and then need to leave somewhere and get in an accident.
My policy is to not drive after I have been drinking even a little.
I do not think they should lower the legal levels because people will keep drinking no matter what and that won’t stop them.
I would say that drinking and driving is defiantly still a problem today. Unfortunately, I do know someone who was involved in a car crash with someone who was drunk. I feel it is very unnecessary to drink for no reason, and to drive while drinking is crossing the line even more.
Today, in many jurisdictions across Canada, young impaired drivers are frequently subject to the same traditional penalties that are applied to adult offenders (e.g., fines, probation, community service, treatment, and incarceration) despite limited evidence of the effectiveness of these strategies even with adults.
Efforts to address impaired driving among youth over the past two decades have focused largely on the development of prevention, education, enforcement, and community-based intervention strategies aimed at reducing the risks associated with alcohol and driving while also seeking to reduce the number of impaired driving offences within this age group. However, less attention has been directed towards the nature of penalties that are applied to these offenders once they have been arrested and convicted, and the extent to which they are effective with this population.
Despite the fact that both sides showcase decent evidence, only one brings hard-hitting facts that truly make a difference: the legal drinking age should not be lowered because it helps prevents youths from driving drunk, it helps prevent youths from committing violent crimes, and it helps prevent incomplete develop of the brain....
According to the state of Utah’s statute driving under the influence is defined as “a person operating a motor vehicle that has been drinking and has an increased amount of alcohol in their system that can show up on a blood test or a breath test of .08 or greater at the time of the test (Wormdahl, 2012).” However, in the state of Utah also includes being under the influence of any type of controlled substance that prevents the driver from being able to operate the vehicle properly (Wormdah...
The scientific rationale behind lowering the limit is based on research study results that demonstrate that impairment actually begins as low as 0.02%. So drivers with low BACs have a slightly higher crash risk as compared to non-drinking drivers (with the exception of young drivers who have a much greater crash risk even when sober). Although the risk of drivers with low BACs being involved in a serious crash is relatively low, such risk also varies as a function of age and gender (Zador et al. 2000; Blomberg et al. 2009; Peck et al. 2008). In general:
Such strategies include changing the social norm to make alcohol-impaired driving socially unacceptable, limiting alcohol avilability among underaged youth, a lcohol service training for those who sell and serve alcohol, early alcohol treatment and rehabilitation programs, offering alternative transprotation programs for those of the leagal drinking age, and increasing the perception of the risk for arrest for alcohol-impaired driving.
The amount of money and time spent on these efforts to decrease this number is a result of congress passing a bill authorizing more than 17 billion dollars in effort to fight this drinking and driving problem.
Although drivers with low BACs are less at risk of causing a serious crash than drivers with high-BACs, they do comprise a large group of drinking drivers, so collectively they need to be deterred from drinking and driving.