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Alcohol is a major factor in many car accidents. It should come as no surprise that drunk driving is dangerous, but it is crucial to remember the tragic toll this reckless act can take.
Every April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the theme announced by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) for this year is “For the Health of It.” Throughout the month the council will spotlight the importance of education on the dangers alcoholism, particularly among young people.
One sobering statistic is a reminder that just because someone is not the legal drinking age doesn’t mean they aren’t driving drunk. According to the NCADD, nearly 2,000 people under 21 years old die each year in car accidents where alcohol was a factor.
Alcoholism and problem drinking increase the risk of drunk driving and other unsafe behavior, particularly among young people who don’t know their limits. Recognizing the signs of alcohol abuse in yourself or someone you care about could make all the difference in preventing a serious accident.
This April and every month of the year, all of us at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter encourage you to make good decisions behind the wheel. If you drink, consider the impact it could have on a stranger, a loved one, and yourself both on and off the road.