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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 down.

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 not allowed.

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