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Underage Drinking Soars on July 4th Weekend

July 3, 2010

And 5,000 deaths of people under age 21 are linked to alcohol each year, U.S. study says

by Health Day News

HDN – The number of hospital emergency department visits associated with underage drinking nearly double over the Fourth of July weekend, a new U.S. government study says. An analysis of 2008 data found that daily, underage drinking-related visits to hospital emergency departments were 87 percent higher on a Fourth of July weekend day than on an average July day — 938 visits vs. 502 visits, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Underage drinking is not a harmless right of passage. It has far-reaching consequences. In addition to emergency department visits, injuries, arrests and embarrassment, 5,000 deaths in people under age 21 are linked to alcohol each year,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in an agency news release.

“Parents are a leading influence in their children’s decision to avoid alcohol. To help parents make the tough job of raising children a little easier, SAMHSA provides an online action plan to help parents talk with their children about expectations regarding alcohol use,” Hyde added.

  
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Silencedogood July 3, 2010

Goes to show, like I tell my 18 year old son “your old enough to go fight and die for your country, get married and raise a family but not old enough to have a beer at your wedding”, because some kids his age had to be stupid when they drink the drinking age had to be bumped from 18 to 21 for everyone.

If more young people would realize that the actions of a few idiots lead to consequences for everyone maybe it wouldn’t be so popular to be a drunk show off.

The moral to this story is that stupid actions lead to stupid laws, and every good liberal knows we need more stupid laws to protect us from ourselves.

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