Some of the most important societal concerns today revolve around the dangers of adolescent and teen alcohol and substance abuse such as wrongful death, violent auto collisions, and family violence. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization founded in 1980 that has been committed to combating the dangers of driving drunk, early alcohol consumption can have detrimental effects to one’s future. People reporting first use of alcohol before age 15 were more than five times more likely to have past year alcohol dependence or abuse compared with people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. And a 2007 study conducted by the U.S. Surgeon General found that 5,000 people under the age of 21 died from alcohol-related injuries. Many of these young people were also involved in serious auto collisions, or other tragic accidents that resulted in personal injuries or death.

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