A DUI UNDER 25

Problem in America is Underage drinking and driving?

Summary/Abstract

Living in America we constantly hearing about the detrimental issues caused by drinking and driving. We also know how that intensifies when it's underage drinking and driving. As time goes on adolescence and drinking is becoming more popular. There has been conversations that its because younger kids are getting more access to alcohol. Even blaming parents for giving children too much freedom. Why are so many children getting a hold of alcohol? One thing is certain despite the reason, and that's that deaths have increased since this has become an issue. This study will conclude exactly how underage drinking and driving is affecting America today.
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Introduction

From many studies it has been shown that by the time a child reaches 12 years old, they have already been exposed to alcohol. This is now increasing the number of underage drinkers all together. Now drinking and driving underage has become more familiar. Not just among teens, but also among the society.It has now been one of the biggest factors of wrecks on the road. This is an issue that society has been struggling to overcome for over 20 years. With consistent deaths among one another there has to be a solution to such prolonged outrageous problem.

Methods

I used very strong strategies when it came to the research for this paper. I made sure every website I used had a reputable authors. This helped me feel confident about the information I received. Also going to the library learning to pay attention to the reasoning people were writing articles was extremely beneficial to me. I wanted solely statistics and no opinions. This helped me to use the best information and pick the prefect graphs for my paper. The sites below were the cites I used to strengthen my paper.

  • MADD - Underage Drinking Statistics." MADD - Underage Drinking Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
  • Drunken Driving." CQ Researcher by CQ Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
  • Teen Drinking and Driving." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
  • "Underage Drinking Statistics | United States." Edgarsnyder.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
  • "Underage Drinking Information & Resources." Edgarsnyder.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
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Why is underage drinking so common?

Findings

I find it interesting that such issue that raises so many eyebrows and concern many is still a relevant issue today. As I researched an article by (Elite Driving School 017 November 2014) they mentioned that half of all 10th graders had drank alcohol.

  • 17% of fatal alcohol crashes are related to the age group 21 and under
  • 37% of these crash from DUI's resulted in speeding
  • 1 in 3 drivers who were killed in Maryland was due to a driver being impaired under 24

Also underage individuals seem to be more comfortable riding with someone who has been drinking.

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It shows when children start to be exposed to alcohol. It every comparison by the time they are in 12th grade it is the highest. However it shows that they are starting as 8th grade. Which shows that because they start so young it increases the chances they will drink the older they get. That's why the 12th grade stats are the highest.
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Fig 2 "Teen Drinking and Driving." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

This graph shows the comparison of deaths cause by drinking and driving vs homicide and suicide. Car wrecks have out numbered both. This is concerning because our youth is affected by this directly. As a society we are greatly affected by this issue based on the numbers
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Fig 3 "Six Things To Do When You Learn Your Teen Is Drinking | Blog." Six Things To Do When You Learn Your Teen Is Drinking | Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

This shows how many underage children in the United States drink. The study shows over 10 million minors are drinking. This only emphasizes the point of why we still have more work to do. It goes on to show that parents are aware of this issue and binge drinking is the most common among adolescence.
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Source:"Impact on Society." Stairway to Recovery: Economic. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

Drinking is starting as young as 8th grade. With the idea that children are drinking younger and younger, it is a higher chance of them drinking as they get older.

Stairway to Recovery

  • 1 in 4 high school students has a drinking problem.
  • 1/3 of all school children in the United States have used an illicit drug.
    http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/addiction/berman/society/econ.html
  • If therapy is recommended individual and family therapy are essential to the recovery of an alcohol-dependent or drug-addicted youth.
  • 33% of teen experience problems at home, school, work or in the community stemming from substance abuse.
  • More than 68% of 12th graders reported that they had drank alcohol at least once in the past year. While only 41% of parents thought their teen was using alcohol.
  • 21% of 6th graders reported that they had drank alcohol at least once in the past year. Yet only 5% of their parents said their 6th grader had tried using alcohol.
  • Among alcoholics worldwide, 15% report becoming dependent before age 18 and 47% became hooked before age 21. In all 2/3 became dependent before age 25.
  • The younger you are when you start drinking, the greater your chance of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in your life. More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics
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Discussion

Based on all of the research there is clearly an effect on todays society from children drinking and driving. More people have died due to drinking and driving than homicide and suicide combined. This is causing family to hurt because of such a relevant issue. There has been a decrease in this issue from 1980 to 2016(CQR researcher). The laws that they are making has been beneficial for such violent and destructive crime. The question is why is this still an issue at all. This is a problem that needs to be completely extinct. From the chart it shows that by the 12th grade most children are already exposed to alcohol. Knowing this information that's should be a huge focus point when it comes down to stopping this issue.


There has been an obvious issue with the fact that underage drinking and driving. It continues to grow the younger children are exposed to alcohol. As the studies show whatever you are use to as an adolescence you will be comfortable as an adult. If you're already comfortable with the idea of breaking the law by drinking, what is there to stop you from drinking and driving? Alcohol is an overall issue; not just among youths, but among society as a whole. However death from underage children while drinking and driving are causing more wrecks than ever before. If bringing drinking and driving down to a much lower number it is a fact that lives could be saved.


My studies also revealed that binge drinking is the mass majority of the reason underage children drink and drive. Parties and gatherings have influenced this a lot . The crowd that kids are choosing to be around has impacted their decision to drink and drive more than one would know. Studies show that binge drinking is the reason why 40% of underage children drink and drive.(outpatient source) Social events are becoming deadly to the community. The more college parties can result in a higher number of drinking and driving. These parties should be monitored much better to help save lives

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Conclusion

After enough research there are multiple ways to bring this issue all the way down. One of the easiest things to do is to bring it to a minimum is monitor what teens do. As parents if everyone comes together and makes sure that their children are doing what they are suppose to be doing. If everyone can work together to keep alcohol away from children DUI'S will go down. Laws are extremely strict and because of that the statistics have already got lower.


Drinking and driving is something that effects the community more than we know. It has devastated many by taking chances from young people that they will never get back. Drinking can be genetic. If mom and dad drinks there's a higher chance the child will drink. With that being said it is important to protect children from being exposed to alcohol at such young age. By watching parents or even if older siblings do it there is an increase in whether or not they will be drinkers. Once you drink there's is already a higher chance of drinking and driving than if you didn't drink at all. It's important to shield children from alcohol all together.


It is still an issue today but certain things are working to bring underage drinking and driving down which will save lives. If over 50% of children are getting access to alcohol in 8th grade there is still work to do. As time grows society is taking advantage of research and coming up with great ideas to nip this all the way down. If college parties are banned unless there's an adult on site that could a lot be beneficial to this issue.


Overall parents shouldn't drink in front of their kids. Adults have to buckle down as parents on the freedom that minors are getting. Making sure that you raise a responsible adult is something that will benefit the society all together. Taking a taxi is a very simple process. If that's what it takes to keep underage drinking on a downward spiral that option should be utilized. Too much access and freedom underage usually wont end well. Parents are aware of this issue so it's important to do something about it. It needs to be brought to a stop today.

references


  • Disease Control and Prevention, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2016


  • Drunken Driving." CQ Researcher by CQ Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.


  • "Impact on Society." Stairway to Recovery: Economic. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
  • MADD - Underage Drinking Statistics." MADD - Underage Drinking Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016
  • PLADDorg. "Jacqui's Story." YouTube. YouTube, 17 Jan. 2010. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
  • "Underage Drinking Information & Resources." Edgarsnyder.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.