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Iowa Senator points out dangers of teen drinking

Senator Matt McCoy
Senator Matt McCoy

DES MOINES – Iowa Senator Matt McCoy is the lastest Iowa lawmaker to point out the dangers of teen alcohol abuse.

Sen. McCoy said last week that underage drinking is a serious health and safety problem.

“In 2012, more than 200 Iowans under the age of 18 were convicted of Operating While Intoxicated when they drove after drinking,” he explained. “According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. About a quarter of those accidents involve an underage drinking driver.”

Teens that drink are more likely to:

• Die in a car crash

• Get pregnant

• Flunk out of school

• Be sexually assaulted

• Become an alcoholic later in life

• Commit suicide

“For parents who think teen drinking is inevitable, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has advice and resources that will help you talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking,” Sen. McCoy advised.

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