Each year, almost 80,000 people die from alcohol-related causes in the US. The national price tag for alcohol use is also staggering, costing our economy $224 billion each year. These and other statistics warrant the national stage when addressing solutions to dangerous and costly alcohol use.

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That’s why The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is in their 28th year of raising awareness on alcoholism by designatingApril Alcohol Awareness Month.

Many states have followed suit and establishedApril as an awareness month for underage drinking and impaired driving. Over 6,500 teen lives are lost to alcohol-related accidents on a yearly basis.

These statistics highlight the universal reach of the dangers of drinking and driving. We all use public roads. We all depend on mutual understanding and trust in our fellow drivers when we get behind the wheel.

That’s why knowing your alcohol level before you drive is a responsible addition to your drive-safe routine. Owning a personal breath alcohol tester eliminates guessing at your fitness to drive, and it makes driving alcohol free easy and convenient. As a parent, modeling this important aspect of driving responsibility will not only send the message that drinking and driving is not okay, but it opens up the opportunity to have an honest conversation about alcohol use.

The DRIVESAFE alcohol tester is portable and can test alcohol in a variety of settings: in the vehicle, at school and teen events, during presentations and even at the dinner table. National Alcohol Awareness Month is a great time to discuss drinking and driving as many resources, information and events are available to help start the conversation.

Join the effort to raise awareness about dangerous alcohol use today and protect your loved ones.

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