-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Less than one-third of
the 4,700 annual underage drinking-related deaths in the United
States result from road crashes, according to a new study.
The findings show the importance of preventing underage drinking
even if there is no risk of drinking and driving, according to
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Analyzing 2010 federal government data, the group found that 32
percent of the drinking-related deaths among young people aged 15
to 20 involved traffic crashes, while 68 percent involved incidents
such as murder (30 percent), suicide (14 percent), alcohol
poisoning (9 percent) and other causes (15 percent).
"These data show that taking away the keys truly does not take away all of the risks when it comes to underage drinking," MADD national president Jan Withers said in a news release from the group.
"MADD hopes this information will inspire parents to have ongoing conversations with their kids about the dangers of drinking alcohol before age 21, especially since we know that a majority of kids say their parents are the biggest influence on their decisions about alcohol," she added.
MADD released the study as part of Alcohol Awareness Month and
in advance of the group's third annual national PowerTalk 21 Day on
April 21. The day is meant to encourage parents to talk to their
children about alcohol, using MADD's
Power of Parentshandbook as their guide.
MADD affiliates across the country are offering free 30-minute
workshops for parents to outline the importance of having frequent
and ongoing communication with kids about underage drinking and its
The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
urges parents to
talk to their children about alcohol.
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