Sending your kids back to school presents parents with lots of concerns. If you’re the parent of an adolescent it gets even tougher, especially when you look at the rates of alcohol abuse amongst our teens in Texas.
There were 1213 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Texas in 2011 and 175 were under 21. In fact, the National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration reports that Texas leads the nation in the rate of alcohol-related traffic deaths among 15 to 20 year olds.
A report published by Fox Business in 2012 listed Texas as 10th in the nation with the most underage and binge drinking, and eighth highest that drove after drinking alcohol.
Binge drinking, aka alcohol poisoning, has become an increasing occurrence, sending more teens to the emergency room nationwide than in previous years. Sadly, we are seeing more reports of teens dying when their friends have left them to “sleep it off.”
If you’re involved in an incident where alcohol is a factor, saving somebody’s life is more important than being worried about getting in trouble with parents, school or the police. Dr. Christopher Kwon, medical director with Emerus, says, “If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call 911 and get medical help immediately. Don’t assume they are just ‘sleeping it off.’ Cold showers, coffee or walking will not reverse alcohol overdose. This person could die.”
Symptoms of alcohol poisoning
• Difficulty remaining conscious
• Trouble with breathing
• Slow heart rate
• Dulled responses, such as no gag reflex (which prevents choking)
• Extremely low body temperature; clammy skin
“It’s sad to see a young life be tragically affected by alcohol abuse,” adds Dr. Kwon. “It’s one teen experience they don’t want to have.”
Emerus 24 HR Emergency Room specializes in the delivery of compassionate emergency medical and inpatient care, committing its expertise and breadth of services to Sugar Land 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For more information, visit www.emerus.com.