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Danbury council out of step on teens

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Published 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 5, 2005
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Your March 3 article said Mr. Urice stated the government shouldn't supersede the common sense of parents.

There are some parents who feel that if they have a party where there is alcohol, and take the keys away from the adolescents, they are in control.

There are also parents who leave their adolescents home alone and this is an open invitation for a house party.

I don't see common sense here. The legal drinking age is still 21!

Alcohol abuse and dependence affects a significant number of adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 20.

According to research, the average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years for girls.

According to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adolescents who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.

The three leading causes of death for 15- to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides - alcohol is the leading factor in all three.

Research also states that the part of the brain that is linked to reasoning, consciousness and self-awareness continue to develop beyond 20 years old.

The Common Council needs to take the lead from other towns who have successfully put this ordinance in place.

This ordinance isn't about taking away the rights of parents or adolescents. Too many of our young people in our area have died from alcohol-related accidents.

Before this happens again, please work together to help put this ordinance into place.