Underage drinking is a rampant problem nationwide. Approximately one in five teens consumes alcohol, and one in seven struggles with binge drinking, according to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. In New Jersey, those numbers are even starker: Nearly 30 percent of minors aged 12-20 have had alcohol in the past month, and 20 percent have engaged in binge drinking.
No parent wants to hear the dreaded news that their child has been in a car accident - or, even worse, that they were drinking behind the wheel. Yet it happens far more often than you'd think.