InjurIES and accidents
Alcohol affects the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance. Drinking makes it more likely that a child will be injured from a fall or burn, or even drown.
Since alcohol clouds judgment, teens may decide to drive after they’ve been drinking or ride with a driver who’s been drinking, which could result in serious injuries or fatalities. If your child is the driver, they’ll likely face jail time.
Results from a statewide survey found that, in the past 30 days, nearly 15% of Idaho students ages 12-18 had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol, and 11% had ridden with a driver who had used marijuana. Additionally, nearly 3% of all student drivers reported that they had driven after drinking alcohol or using marijuana in the past month.