Study: Alcohol-related fatalities rise during prom, graduation

Study: Alcohol-related fatalities rise during prom, graduation


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data from its Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) showing that alcohol-related fatalities increase between the middle of April and the middle of June. What’s significant about these time periods? It happens to be when teen-agers tend to do a lot of partying, namely prom and graduation.

The FARS data showed that in the year 2000, 58 percent of traffic fatalities were alcohol-related during the prom and graduation period. This compares with 41 percent for the rest of the year. In addition, 36 percent of all alcohol-related traffic fatalities are young people between the ages of 15 and 20, below the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.

This data shows that more work needs to be done on education and prevention. This being said, April is national Alcohol Awareness month, and the message must be delivered, alcohol is a drug and it costs Americans too much time, money, lives and grief for us not to make a stand. Advertisements from alcoholic beverage companies specifically market to our nation’s youth, depicting a fun atmosphere, good-looking people and sometimes picture total irresponsibility, making it appealing for rebellious or thrill-seeking teen-agers.

According to a spokesperson from Narconon Arrowhead, one of the nation’s leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, the vast majority of people seeking to end their addiction started off with alcohol as a teen-ager themselves.

“Nobody starts using drugs or alcohol with the intent of becoming addicted or losing their lives,” said Arrowhead’s President Luke Catton. “Many do continue down that road, though, and some are fortunate enough to stop at some point.”

Narconon Arrowhead is a non-traditional rehabilitation program that uses the proven-effective methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, achieving an extremely high success rate for helping individuals overcome addiction.

To find help for a loved one suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, visit or call 1-800-468-6933.

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