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Fighting underage drinking

Fighting underage drinking

Alcohol and teens are a volatile and potentially dangerous mix. Each year, more than 4,500 Americans under age 21 die from alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning and similar circumstances, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The same study concludes that more than 190,000 are sufficiently injured in alcohol-related circumstances to justify a visit to a hospital emergency room.

Parents and police can't be omnipresent. At some point, one must rely on other adults not to actively and knowingly put young people at serious risk by, for instance, hosting underage drinking parties at their homes. That kind of irresponsible...

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