Alcohol is the drug of choice among children and young adults. A Research conducted by CADD amongst 1,000 youth who go to pubs and bars, reveals nearly 62% of these youth are in the age group 14-21 years even though the minimum legal drinking across major cities varies between 21 -25 years .
Underage drivers and drinkers can cause great harm as they lack driving experience and the ability to handle alcohol with their penchant for risk taking behaviours. Behavioural patterns such as speeding, rash driving along with a tendency to underestimate the consequences of such behaviours and to overestimate their driving skill – contribute to the high crash rate among young drivers.
Underage drinking and driving , if not curbed at initial stages, end up as a common practice among young individuals and is often continued during their adult life. Whether it is specific laws, enforcements or awareness mechanism this issue needs to be addressed with great urgency to curb drunk driving in future.However, enforcements and laws can bring a significant change only if drunken driving is made socially unaccepatble at the community level which would lead to better road safety situations in the future.