College gives young adults the chance to experience some freedom and try new things. For some students, socializing with friends involves alcohol-fueled parties.
There are numerous penalties associated with drinking too much alcohol, and there are even more consequences for those who are under the age of 21.
One of the worst things someone can do after drinking alcohol is get behind the wheel, but many young adults still do. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles discusses some of the legal penalties of getting a DUI. Unlike for drivers 21 of age and older whose legal limit is .08, the BAC limit for underage drivers is .02, which basically means that having any amount of alcohol in the system results in a DUI.
One of the first consequences is license suspension, which can range from six to 18 months. There is also impoundment of the vehicle for a certain number of days. Another possible consequence is having to take a substance abuse class.
With a DUI conviction, there are fines and potential jail time. Fines can range from $500 to $4,000. If there was another minor in the vehicle at the time of arrest, there is a higher minimum fine. The judge may also issue jail time, which can range from any amount of time less than six months to 10 years.
Additional concerns about underage drinking
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 20% of students have alcohol use disorder, which leads to additional problems aside from a DUI. Issues related to academics are common. Bing drinking and other irresponsible drinking behaviors are also related to sexual and other assaults, injuries, health issues, unsafe sex and suicide attempts.