Thursday, June 18, 2009

DCF: Underage drinking costs Florida $3B a year

"A state agency says traffic accidents, crimes and medical costs incurred by underage drinkers are costing Florida more than $3 billion a year."

"A study released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Children and Families shows violent crime committed by minors while drinking costs about $316 million. Alcohol-related traffic crashes by minors costs about $642.7 million."

"According to the study, the number of Florida minors who reported drinking in the past 30 days was higher than the national average at 37 percent, compared to 29 percent."

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