Stats on Underage drinking: Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2005). Drunk Driving: 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 drove under the influence of alcohol last year (Hingson et al., 2002). Police Involvement: About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002) and an estimated 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence (Hingson et al., 2002).
Heath Issue Stats: 1. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking (Knight et al., 2002). 2. Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem (Hingson et al., 2002) and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use (Presley et al., 1998). 3. Death: 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2005).
How alcohol actually effects you: -Blood Alcohol Content calculator: http://www.ou.edu/oupd/bac.htm -Average Cost of Alcohol per year: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/CollegeStudents/calculator/calculator.aspx -Average Wastes Calories per year: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/CollegeStudents/calculator/alcoholcalc.aspx
How long does Alcohol Stay in your system? Every hour your body metabolizes .015 of your blood alcohol concentration per hour. Example:
Underage drinking: National Crisis -More than one-quarter (27.6 percent) of American youth aged 12 to 20 said that they drank alcohol in the past month. -People who start drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to have alcohol problems than those who start drinking at age 21 or older, according to research. -Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among American youth and contributes to the three leading causes of death among 12- to 20-year-olds -- unintentional injury, murder and suicide.
Harm with underage drinking: -During 2007, an estimated 3 traffic fatalities and 100 nonfatal traffic injuries involved an underage drinking driver. -In 2006, an estimated 2 homicides; 1,700 nonfatal violent crimes such as rape, robbery and assault; and 5,000 property crimes including burglary, larceny, and car theft involved an underage drinking perpetrator. -In 2006, an estimated 300 teen pregnancies and 1,600 risky sexual acts by teens involved alcohol.
Did you know? Drinking laws aren’t necessarily state laws they are mostly county laws or even city laws so know the laws where ever you go.
Open Container You can be arrested for an “open Container: -On a public sidewalk -Inside your own parked car -On the front steps or in the common hallway of your apartment building. -On school property -In a mobile home -In a residential neighborhood -In a parking lot
New Hampshire Laws 179:10 Unlawful Possession and Intoxication. – I. Except as provided in RSA 179:23, any person under the age of 21 years who has in his or her possession any liquor or alcoholic beverage, or who is intoxicated by consumption of an alcoholic beverage, shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined a minimum of $300. Any second and subsequent offense shall be fined at least $600. For purposes of this section, alcohol concentration as defined in RSA 259:3-b of .02 or more shall be prima facie evidence of intoxication. No portion of this mandatory minimum fine shall be waived, continued for sentencing, or suspended by the court. In addition to the penalties provided in this section, the court may, in its discretion, impose further penalties authorized by RSA 263:56-b. II. Except for persons convicted on the basis of intoxication, any person under the age of 21 years convicted of unlawful possession of liquor or beverage shall forfeit the same, and it shall be disposed of as the court directs. The proceeds, if any, shall be paid into the treasury of the county in which the proceedings were determined. (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xiii/179/179-10.htm)