MADD: Most Teen Drinking Deaths Not Result of Drunk Driving

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File photo of a car accident. (credit: Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Underage drinkers are almost as likely to become the victim of a homicide as they are to die as a result of drunk driving. In fact, contrary to popular belief, the majority of alcohol related deaths among teens do not occur in the car, a new study shows.

Figures released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) debunk the myth, showing 68 percent of underage drinking fatalities are not traffic related.

The non-profit organization aimed at curbing teenage drinking says homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning and other incidents combine to outnumber drunk driving deaths by more than a two to one ratio among young adults.

The cause of death in 30 percent of all alcohol-related teen deaths is homicide, the analysis shows. Suicides account for 14 percent and alcohol poisoning accounts for 9 percent of all casualties. 15 percent of deaths were attributed to other causes.

Still. the single-most common cause is drunk driving, which makes up 32 percent of all teen drinking deaths according to the analysis.

MADD has released a new handbook that provides parents with resources to speak with their children about underage drinking.

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