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Was your auto accident caused by a binge drinker?

Binge drinking is a popular activity among both high school and college students. Many see nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately, many also see nothing wrong with getting behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking heavily.

Drunk driving is a big problem in Texas. If you have been injured in a vehicle crash caused by an intoxicated adolescent driver, it is possible that binge drinking was involved.

The standard definition

Health and social authorities developed the normally used definition of binge drinking with reference to the habits of college students: a minimum of five consecutive drinks for men and four for women. The individual must consume this many drinks within a period of about two hours to qualify as a binge. This pattern brings blood alcohol concentration levels to over 0.08 percent in short order, and this is the level at which it is illegal to drive in all states.

Going their own way

Unlike adults who may have a couple of beers or a glass or two of wine on a few occasions during the week, teens largely ignore alcoholic beverages most of the time. Then they might choose a certain evening and engage in a bout of binge drinking with their friends. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, about one in seven teens embrace this kind of drinking behavior, but only one in a hundred parents are aware of it.

A national problem

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. About a quarter of those crashes are caused by underage drinkers.

Experts estimate that up to two-thirds of the adolescents who drink alcohol may binge drink. In fact, 90 percent of the alcohol ingested by young people 12 to 20 years of age is consumed through binge drinking. There are many dangers associated with this activity, including serious health issues, but impaired driving ranks at the top of the list. It is a problem nationally, it is a problem in Texas - and it may have contributed to the auto accident that injured you.

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