Drinking and driving is a combination that can spell disaster on Virginia roads, especially for new drivers. Accidents caused by impaired motorists can lead to devastating injuries, including brain damage. But a Connecticut school psychologist seems to suggest that binge drinking, a so-called rite of passage for young adults, can in and of itself be equivalent to a brain injury, without the physical component.

According to an article posted at StratfordStar.com, Dr. Chris Brown says that one of the greatest threats to the still-developing adolescent brain (i.e., generally the teenage years) is alcohol abuse. He  maintains that during adolescence, “the brain has difficulty handling emotions, seeks high excitement/low effort activities, and has poor planning and judgment skills. That combination leads to a cycle in which impulsive decisions to consume [alcohol] reduce inhibitions more and lead to increased impulsiveness and risk taking.” He adds that the chance of alcohol dependency decreases by 14% with each year a person waits to start drinking. He asks rhetorically, “Which part of your brain do you want to sacrifice to alcohol or drugs?” Browns adds that the brain receptors begin to shut down the earlier in life someone starts drinking, “meaning more and more alcohol is needed to cause the desired effect.”

On the other hand, the chance of alcohol dependency decreases by 14% with each year a person waits to start drinking, Brown notes. He also says that parents can do more to convince their kids to stay away from alchol. “All it takes is sending a clear message that it’s not acceptable to drink,” he said.

While accidents caused by drunk drivers in all age groups do capture the headlines, most Virgina motorists drive responsibly. However, if you–or a loved one–-have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident brought about by an intoxicated driver (regardless of the driver’s age), or you have sustained a traumatic brain injury owing to the negligence of another party, you need to know your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.


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