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Stanford provides specialized care to over 2,500 trauma patients per year. We receive patients from many outlying counties in addition to interfacility transports of patients who need Stanford's expertise. Patients are transported directly to our facility by paramedics and flight crews, such as Stanford's Life Flight.
Underage drinking is associated with teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide, and other risky behaviors. The Youth Risk Behaviors Survey (CDC) reports that:
35% of youth under 21 years old drink
21% of youth report binge drinking
10% of those under 21 report driving after drinking
22% report riding with a driver who has been drinking
Research has shown that the main reason that teens refuse to drink alcohol is that they worry about what their parents will think of them. Talk to your teens and make sure they understand the consequences of their behaviors. Parent involvement is extremely important.
Some important facts about underage drinking:
California has a zero tolerance law – a blood alcohol content (BAC) of less than 0.01%.
If pulled over by law enforcement with a BAC of 0.01% or over, the police can confiscate the license of a driver under 21 years old.
Parents may not provide alcohol to any minor in California.
Adults may not buy alcohol for teens under 21 year old.
If a teen is injured in a car crash after consuming alcohol, the adult providing the alcohol can be sentenced to 6 months to one year in jail.
The Injury Prevention Program in the Trauma Service at Stanford Health Care collaborates with community partners to provide support and education on the consequences of underage drinking and driving. These programs include participation in the Every 15 Minutes Program, and supporting the Alcohol and Impaired Driving Workgroup from Traffic Safe Communities Network in Santa Clara County.
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