Working as a Bellevue auto crash attorney I understand how dangerous drunk driving is and how commonplace teen drunk driving accidents are becoming. Statistics show that 31 percent of fatal teen auto accidents are the result of a drunk driver. The fatalities, however, are not only caused when teens get behind the wheel and drive under the influence, excessive drinking leads to 50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning every year and 1 in 1,000 cases lead to death. The question is how are the teens accessing the alcohol and how can you protect your teen from the disastrous consequences of binge drinking?
Just this year a teen’s birthday party turned deadly when an adult provided alcohol to minors. While playing the drinking game called, “shot for a shot” a 15-year-old boy consumed 11 shots of vodka and then proceeded to drink the alcohol straight from the bottle. Shortly afterward he passed out and the other teens present proceeded to write on the boy in permanent marker. What the teens failed to realize is that the boy was suffering from severe alcohol poisoning which quickly took his life.
The man who provided the alcohol for the teens faces several charges including: failing to call for help, supplying alcohol to minors and manslaughter for the teen’s death.
This sad story goes to show that although you may not be supplying alcohol to your child they can easily drink elsewhere with dire consequences. There are a few different things you can do as a parent to keep your teen safe from the horrible consequences of alcohol including simply knowing where your teen is going and checking in regularly. To learn more about what you can do to protect your teen read the article: Talking to Your Kids About Drunk Driving.