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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
  • Alcoholic hepatitis can cause death if drinking continues. If drinking stops, the condition may be reversible.
  • Since the 1980s, the proportion of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers with BACs at or above 0.08 percent declined more among 16-20 year-olds than among older drivers, but these declines ended in 1995.
  • People who have been drinking are at greater risk of being the victim of violent crime, and are also more likely to be involved in accidents, fires and to engage in self-harm.
  • About 10 to 20 percent of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.
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