Alcohol is the only substance that frequently appears among young homicide victims. “Homicide is the second leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001). There are many occasions when an adolescent may consume alcohol, without the parental authority, these places can become dangerous quickly. When the consumption of alcohol is present, there are a number of reactions a person can expect and for some anger is common. Getting a DUI can affect your life greatly; the sentences and punishments for vehicular homicide can vary due to the negligence that is found. Some may face ten years in prison for each person killed and in cases of ordinary negligence, four years of prison time for each victim killed is more likely. While jail time is one consequence, it is followed by the loss of driving
privileges and a felony record may all accompany a conviction of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence. When young people drink and get into a car, they also tend to make poor decisions that bear on their safety. For example, young people who have been drinking are less likely to wear a safety belt and are more likely to get in a car with an intoxicated driver. 41 percent of frequent heavy drinkers reported riding with an intoxicated driver, compared with only 14 percent of those who never drank. “Alcohol-related traffic fatalities constituted almost 37 percent of all fatal youth traffic fatalities (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2002).” Among young people, drinkers and binge drinkers are more likely than non-drinkers to contemplate or attempt suicide. Drinking can severely impair your judgement and emotions, for some, the reason for drinking can stem down to a trauma or addiction which creates another emotional ride for the adolescent ultimately causing them to take their own life. Youth who drinkheavily have 23.6 times greater odds of intentionally injuring themselves by means such as self-cutting, attempted hanging, or self-poisoning as compared to youth who don’t drink heavily.Social implications of underage drinking can be a lot of different things; driving under the influence is something that many adolescence do and for some, they pay the ultimate price. That not only effects them, but their family and any loved ones or other families that are involved. Some of the issues the youth also faces when drinking underage is riskier sexual behavior, including unwanted, unintended, and unprotected sexual activities. These behaviors may increase the risk for unplanned pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
Society is greatly affected by underage drinking and has tried to minimize temptation. Due to increasing calls for action by activists and concerned parents, educators and policy makers decided that something had to be done also. Due to these policies, schools have created a “zero tolerance policy. These policies meant that if a high schooler was caught-sometimes even off campus with one drink on one occasion, he or she would be permanently expelled.
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