Escalation of underage drinking on July 4 weekend


We are almost through the July 4 weekend.  I can tell you, I had a great time.  I went to see fireworks at a local park.  The fireworks started bit late in the night, but ran for continuously half an hour.  Yes, I did not expect that fireworks show would run for such a long time, bur every minute of wait was worth it.  The organizers did an amazing job in putting together such riveting show.

As we enjoy July 4 long weekend, we also most of the time like to get intoxicated.  A study by US government revealed that the hospital emergency cases are increased by ~50% on July 4  weekend, due to underage drinking. Let us review the study:

  • As per the data analysis of 2008, July 4 weekend increased hospital emergency due to under age drinking by 87% as compared to average July day (938 visits vs. 502 visits)

SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, said that “Underage drinking is not a harmless right of passage. It has far-reaching consequences. In addition to emergency department visits, injuries, arrests and embarrassment, 5,000 deaths in people under age 21 are linked to alcohol each year.”

Hyde also quoted, “Parents are a leading influence in their children’s decision to avoid alcohol. To help...

parents make the tough job of raising children a little easier, SAMHSA provides an online action plan to help parents talk with their children about expectations regarding alcohol use.”

I think Hyde relayed two key messages that increased higher underage cases of drinking increases risk of underage deaths.  Secondly, parents needs to be more aware and cautious of underage drinking, so that they can educated their children.

At the youth age, children are not ready to listen to parents, especially when it comes to things like drinking.  Feel free to access SAMHSA website for, “underage drinking.”  It has details on three main mantras:

  • Talk early
  • Talk often
  • Get others involved

Parenting is a big responsibility and I am sure you will walk your child through the risk and benefits of underage drinking, so that you can see your child grow into a successful adult.ealthy Parenting!

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