In the United States, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. If drunk driving statistics are to be believed, the rising trend of teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol is to be blamed for this.
In teenagers―those who resort to binge drinking in particular―alcohol is often the root cause of overconfidence of being able to handle anything. Then there is the case of peer pressure, wherein a teen will be forced to take the wheel when he is drunk, even if he doesn't want to. This, for some people, is just a means for deriving 'some fun'. In either case, driving safety takes the backseat, and what follows is a disaster.
A boy in his teens is 18 times more likely to crash his vehicle when he has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent than a boy in the same age group who is sober. In girls, the likelihood of a crash is three times more than what it is in case of boys.
Most of the drivers forget to use their seat belts after consuming alcohol. In 2010, 56 percent of drivers in the age group of 15 – 20 who were involved in fatal drunk driving crashes were reportedly not wearing their seat belts.The adolescent brain is undergoing major brain development, and introducing alcohol to this fertile environment can have a lasting, negative impact on growth processes. StopTeenDUI, is a website created by California's Administrative Office of the Courts to inform teens and parents about the dangers of driving under the influence. Additional, long-term outcomes from underage drinking include a disruption of normal brain development, death of brain cells and alcoholism. In other words, the temporary, feel-good effects of alcohol have detrimental, long-term consequences that each teen should consider before choosing to engage in underage drinking.