Statistics show that alcohol use among teens is on the rise, with nearly 25% of them drinking in excess when they do so. These teenagers pose a health risk not only to themselves, but also to anyone who happens to be nearby. But despite the significant dangers, this type of drinking still occurs and is the cause of a great number of arrests.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for drinking under the legal age, contact Rhode Island criminal defense attorney Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384.
The Hazards of Teen Drinking
Drinking under the legal age can be hazardous in many ways. Because teenage bodies have not fully developed, they are far more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Furthermore, social factors pressure teens to consume multiple drinks in one session, making the possibility of an alcoholic overdose very real.
In most areas, teenagers are allowed to begin driving at the age of sixteen. With often only a few months of driving experience, a teenager may get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. This dangerous combination inherently poses a far greater risk to both the teen and other drivers than someone who has more driving experience under his or her belt.
Education is the key to preventing the hazards associated with teen drinking. However, one arrest should not ruin a person’s life. If you or a loved one has been arrested for drinking while under the legal age of consumption, contact Rhode Island criminal defense attorney Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384.