Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Provides Insight into Teenage Drinking

Each year, universities and colleges acknowledge the third week of October as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW). Schools across the country offer informational programs—including discussion forums and educational initiatives—designed to increase understanding of concerns surrounding underage drinking on campus. Topics addressed include binge drinking and driving under the influence.

When the time comes to send their children off to college, many parents find themselves under stress. For most teens, this period marks the first time they will be living away from home. For parents, they hope is that they have taught proper decision-making skills to their children. Below, Gauthier Amedee looks at the concerns of underage alcohol consumption—including the risks of underaged drunk driving.

Drunk Driving a National Problem

As noted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people in America will lose their lives in alcohol-related car crashes every day—establishing drunk driving as a serious concern in the United States. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) also states drivers under the influence of alcohol take the lives of 10,497 citizens each year.

Greater Risk to Teen Drivers

In 2015, car accidents in the U.S. killed 2,333 teens aged 16–19 and injured 235,845 more. Car accidents are the number-one cause of teen deaths, according to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—as over 5,000 teens die in crashes each year. Drivers 16-19 are involved in fatal crashes at a rate four times that of drivers aged 25-69.

A Complicated Issue

Alcohol—as many already know—dramatically increases the risk of death or serious injury behind the wheel. Drinking can severely affect concentration and impair reaction time. The National Safety Council says underage drinking contributes to 25% of teen car crashes. In the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, interviews of high school students found that—within a 30-day period:

  • 6% drove a vehicle after drinking
  • 17% rode with drivers who drank
  • 30% drank alcohol in some amount
  • 14% engaged in binge drinking

We Can Help

Our legal team will examine every detail of your case and provide the experienced, compassionate and dedicated representation you need to secure the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We’re here to work hard for you and to make sure that your rights are fully protected. If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, call the experienced Louisiana Car Accident attorneys at Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.

October 17th, 2018