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Teen Alcoholism




More than three million teenagers are alcoholics. That's why MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chevrolet and Carstar are targeting seventh and eighth graders at Edwardsville Middle School. Students got a lesson on the dangers of drinking and driving Monday as part of National Alcohol Awareness Month.

The program is called "Fake ID." Bruce Helfrich is a MADD Field Representative Manager. He says, "this program is about personal identity and about young as they're growing up. How they make decisions based on the influence of style, media, peer pressure, money, family and friends. We know that when these young people get to high school they're going to face the greatest amount of peer pressure they're ever going to face."

This past Friday, three Franklin County teens were killed when their pickup truck hit an oncoming van. Authorities believe alcohol played a role in that accident.

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  • Alcohol Facts
  • Some drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, as a result of heavy drinking over a long period of time. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice (abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs, and urine), and abdominal pain.
  • Although most States set the BAC limit for adults who drive after drinking at 0.08 percent, driving skills are affected at much lower levels.
  • The peak Blood Alcohol Level occurs 60 to 90 minutes after ingestion when the stomach is empty.
  • Alcohol was reported as the primary substance of abuse by almost half of 1999 treatment admissions.