Featured Question for week of July 17, 2000:
What's the big deal about kids drinking? As long as they don't
drive, the worst that can happen is that they'll wake up with
a terrible hangover.
Oh, you're so wrong. The worst thing that can happen is that
they won't wake up at all. A person can drink enough to kill
himself or herself in a couple of hours by drinking a large
amount of alcohol quickly. When the blood alcohol content reaches
a certain concentration, heat rate and respiration can shut
Drinking also increases the risk of injury from car crashes,
falls, burns, drowning, and suicide, as well as the chance that
a young person will commit a crime or become a victim of crime.
Give your child a clear, consistent message that drinking is
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