Did you know the whole month of April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month? It's sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Inc. The point of the annual campaign is to increase awareness of alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This year, NCADD's awareness month theme is "For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction," highlighting the importance of underage drinking as a serious public health issue about which we should all be concerned.
According to NCADD, one of the dangerous outcomes of alcohol use by young people is traffic fatalities in auto accidents caused by drunk driving. And of course, drinking and driving is a major problem for adults as well. Consider these facts from the NCADD:
- It is illegal for a driver under 21 to have any level of alcohol in their body, even if it's lower than .08.
- About 32 percent of deadly accidents involve a driver or pedestrian who is intoxicated.
- Each year, almost 13,000 people die in accidents involving drunk driving.
- Hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured in drunk driving accidents each year.
Even buzzed driving can make you more likely to get in an accident. Drinking affects your ability to focus on the task of driving and to react to situations that appear quickly on the road. During Alcohol Awareness month, pledge to never get behind the wheel while buzzed or intoxicated.