Fake IDs and Underage Drinking

 

Adolescence is difficult, at best. Young people today face challenges that cannot often be easily explained or understood. It is within us all to want to make the right decisions but it is never as simple as that. There is a pressure that seems to exist within us that implies we must be something different, something better, something more than we are - - whoever that is.

There is often pressure to use alcohol and other drugs to bolster courage, fit in because it seems everyone is drinking, or just alleviate boredom. When who we are just doesn't seem good enough, there is a temptation to seek acceptance through alcohol use. "Join the crowd", "everyone does it" and "what's the big deal" are familiar but unfair. Not only is this a dangerous line of thinking, it negates the importance of being an individual. Often what the "in-crowd" doesn't tell you is what can lie in the aftermath of underage drinking. Fake IDs make underage drinking possible.

In 1996, 21 percent of 15- to 20-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. These young drivers are 6.7 percent of the driving population, but are 14 percent of the alcohol-related fatalities among drivers. To combat this problem, we advocates zero tolerance laws, which establish a BAC limit for underage drivers of .02 or less. A 1994 study* of the first 12 states to enact such laws showed an average 20 percent reduction in single-vehicle, night-time fatal crashes among underage drivers. Thats why many states still show resisitance to lowering legal drinking age - and as a consequence, young people turn to Limitless Fake IDs for a solution.

Because national surveys show that 90 percent of teenagers say they would not drink and drive if it meant losing their license, we seek to combine zero tolerance with Administrative License Revocation (ALR). Young people caught driving with any alcohol in their blood lose their most precious possession, their license, on the spot. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have underage zero tolerance laws.

Young people today receive many mixed messages about alcohol. Our message to this group is clear: drinking under the age of 21 is illegal and dangerous. But youngsters want to have fun and ignore it completely - they get fake IDs online. More focus needs to put on developing programs to help young people avoid dangerous situations involving alcohol and other drugs. Furthermore, we are asking young people to take an active stand in preventing more needless deaths and injuries that are alcohol-related.


Sobering Statistics


While the overall teenage drinking statistics show a slight decrease, underage beverage abuse is still very much a legal and physical nightmare. Consider the following:

More than 10 million current drinkers in the United States are between the ages of 12-20.
On average, young people begin drinking at 13.1 years of age.
By the time they are high school seniors, more than 80 percent have used alcohol and approximately 62 percent have been drunk.
In the 1960s, seven percent of 10- to 14-year-old females used alcohol; by the early 1990s, that figure had risen to 31 percent.
Nearly one out of every five teenagers (16 percent) has experienced alcohol-induced "blackouts," after which they could not remember what happened the previous evening.
Young buyers who appeared to be underage were able to purchase alcohol with no questions asked at least 50 percent of the time.


Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, University of Michigan, American Academy of Pediatrics Survey and the University of Minnesota.


* Dr. Ralph Hingson et. al., "Lower Legal Blood Alcohol Limits for Young Drivers," Public Health Reports, December 1994. Among youth under 21, single-vehicle, night-time fatal crashes are three times more likely than other fatal crashes to be alcohol related.



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