Teenage drinking and driving under the influence is a problem that needs addressing before it gets worse. Underage drinkers are at risk of severe injuries or possible even fatal car crashes caused by impairment behind the wheel.
Raising awareness through car donations to charity, conferences, seminars and fundraisers help teenagers understand the consequences of their actions. For teenagers involved in traffic accidents, their lives change one way or another as they have to deal with death, lifelong injuries and the psychological effects of a tragic car crash.
Lower Quality of Life
Teens that survive a severe car crash may have to deal with severe injuries such as amputated limbs, permanently broken bones and damaged eyesight, just to name a few. These injuries last a lifetime and lower their quality of life. In many cases, the teens end up not being able to enjoy things they previously enjoyed doing, such as participating in sports and other activities. There are rehabilitation programs that help kids recover from their injuries, but the effects of an injury linger.
Teenagers have yet to reach their full physical and mental development, and a severe injury will only hamper potential dreams and change lives.
2011 statistics show that approximately 2,650 teenagers in America between the ages of 16 to 19 died and around 292,000 underwent treatment in emergency departments for injuries sustained in a car crash. The death toll may seem small compared to the death rate of diseases, but it is saddening because of the fact that these were preventable deaths; prevention and awareness would have saved these kids’ lives.
Potential Alcohol Abuse in Adulthood
Excessive alcohol drinking during the teenage years may set a person up for potential abuse in adulthood. It is easy to say that you will stop when you reach a certain age, but habit eventually becomes behavior. Suddenly stopping may lead to withdrawal.
Once you abuse alcohol, your body will need more of it to get the same effect. The more you drink, the harder it is to stop because you require more drinks to get the feeling you want. Underage alcohol abusers also expose themselves to potential brain damage as their brains are still in its development stage.
Teenagers are at risk when they begin abusing alcohol at a young age. Their actions may lead to life changing consequences. It is important to raise awareness about the long lasting effects of substance abuse.