April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Whether we are celebrating a special occasion, getting together with friends or family, or simply relaxing after a long day, alcohol plays a role in the lives of millions of Americans. However, it is important that we occasionally take a step back to examine the type of impact that alcohol use has on our society as a whole, especially when it comes to Drinking and Driving.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in 1987, this annual campaign works to raise awareness and increase public understanding of alcohol abuse and dependence.
Unfortunately, many people that struggle with alcohol dependence feel that there is a stigma attached to this behavior and have trouble asking for help. These feelings can lead to destructive choices and behaviors, including mixing alcohol use with operating a motor vehicle.
The theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness Month is "Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use." At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident law firm, we want to help spread this important message among young people and parents.
Drinking and driving is dangerous for us all, especially for young drivers, and some of the facts are incredibly concerning:
• Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
• 1 out of every 4 car accidents where a teenager was fatally injured involved an underage, intoxicated driver.
• Drivers between the age of 16 and 20 are 17 times more likely to die in a car accident when they have a Blood Alcohol Content of .08% or greater compared to young drivers that are sober.
Alcohol-related car accidents killed nearly 10,000 Americans in total in 2014. In order to reduce the number of tragic and preventable car accidents that involve a drunk driver, it is crucial to educate our young people on the risks of alcohol abuse. Young people often feel as though the decisions they make do not have consequences, but that is not the case. One bad decision related to drinking and driving can have a devastating impact on their lives, and the lives of their family forever.
For more information, resources and tips on how to discuss responsible alcohol use, visit the Sacramento chapter of the NCADD online by clicking here.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, Del Rio & Carichoff are here to help. Call us right awayto receive a FREE consultation about your case with one of our experienced Sacramento Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers.
When you call, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you. You will never pay an attorney's fee up front, and you owe us nothing until we recover for you. Del Rio & Carichoff will fight hard to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve.