If you have a teen driver living at home with you, it is important that you monitor his or her behavior which can better help you determine if they might be drinking. Did you know that “alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States” [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]? Underage drinking is a serious issue and one that causes many deaths and injuries among our adolescents. The CDC cited that in 2010, underage drinking cost the U.S. $24 billion in economic expenses and is responsible for killing more than 4,300 underage youth each year.
To help you realize common underage drinking is, a survey that was conducted in 2017 revealed that within the last 30 days from the date it was administered to high school students, 30% said they drank some amount of alcohol and 14% said they binge drank. To make matters worse, 6% said they drove after drinking and 17% said they rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol. Because teens who drink are not exactly concerned with the fact that they are putting their lives in danger and violating a state law that carries criminal charges, parents must be vigilant in looking for signs that might indicate their teen is drinking?
How can I tell if my teen is consuming alcohol?
Some of the warning signs that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says might be indicators that your teen is engaging in underage drinking include:
- You notice changes in their mood, and they may seem angry or irritable.
- You begin to see academic and/or behavioral problems in school.
- They are rebellious.
- They have changed the group of friends they normally would hang out with.
- Low energy levels.
- Less interest in activities and/or care in appearance.
- You have come across alcohol in their possession.
- You have smelled alcohol on their breath.
- They seem to be having problems with concentrating and/or remembering things.
- Slurred speech.
- Coordination problems.
Aside from monitoring your own teen, you also need to be aware of who he or she is spending their time with as other teens might be putting your child’s life at risk. Just because your teen isn’t drinking doesn’t mean they aren’t riding in a vehicle with a friend who has consumed alcohol.
In the event your teen son or daughter was injured in a drunk driving accident in Boca Raton, FL, you may be entitled to recover compensation for damages on their behalf from the party who was liable for causing the crash. While this compensation can help your teen obtain the medical care he or she needs, it can also help combat drunk driving and deter the teen motorist who caused the collision to avoid engaging in that type of behavior again.
If you would like to find out more about how you can recover compensation for your teen’s injuries, contact Boca Raton, FL drunk driving accident lawyer Jeffrey A. Rosenberg.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rosenberg, PLLC is located at:
5255 North Federal Highway 3rd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33487