Parental Influence on Underage Drinking. Proposal by Emily Shaw. Alcohol is a major problem for children and teens in the United States. Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.
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Parental Influence on Underage Drinking
Proposal by Emily Shaw
ALCOHOL KILLSTraffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6–33. About 45% of these fatalities are alcohol-related crashes. More than one third of impaired driving fatalities occur among persons aged <25.
Police on the Scene of Fatal Drunk Driving Crash
Although there is a federal law making the minimum age 21 to purchase or possess alcohol, states differ in their liquor laws. In many states a parent/guardian can legally provide alcohol to his/her own children depending on location.
Number of States with Family and Location Exceptions to Minimum Age of 21 for Possession of Alcohol, January 1, 1998 through January 1, 2010
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