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Title: Wasted in Wisconsin

Wasted in Wisconsin
  • What teenage drivers should know about alcohol
    abuse and impaired driving

This supplement was created by Ben Poston
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel E-mail
Wisconsin residents binge drink at a higher rate
than any other state in the country. And that can
lead to a whole host of problems. Photo by
Mark Hoffmann/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Drunken driving facts
  • Nearly half a million people (477,961) were
    convicted of drunken driving in Wisconsin from
    1989 to 2008. More than two-thirds of those
    convicted were considered first-offense drunken
    drivers. Nearly 8,000 had five or more
    convictions. Photo by Mark Hoffmann

Nearly everyday, someone dies in Wisconsin in a
drunken-driving crash.
  • 18-year-olds Ashley Britsch-Knetzger and her
    friend Tahlia Heroux, were killed in June 2008 in
    Ashwaubenon just before their high school
    graduation when an allegedly intoxicated driver
    speeding in a Porsche ran a red light.
  • Photo by Mark Hoffmann

Wasted in Wisconsin
  • Binge drinking is a huge problem at the
  • Click here for video link
  • (Instructors You can expand the video to
    full-screen on the video link)

A woman drinks beer from a plastic bat while
playing a drinking game at the annual Mifflin
Street block party in Madison. Photo by Mark
Cold hard facts
  • More than 1,600 people were killed in Wisconsin
    from 2003 to 2007 in alcohol-related traffic
  • Of those killed, 95 people were 18 years old or
  • Wisconsin is the only state in the country where
    first-time drunken driving is not considered a

A man whose blood-alcohol level was found to be
.022 is led into the Dane County detox center.
Photo by Mark Hoffman
How Wisconsin stacks up
  • Nationally, Wisconsin ranks
  • First in binge drinking, admitted drunken-driving
    and the percentage of drinkers in the population
  • Fourth for the rate of drunken-driving fatalities
    as a percent of all fatalities, 2007
  • Click here for an interactive nationwide map

The costs of drunken driving
Ricky Adair
  • Ricky Adair, right, had been convicted of drunken
    driving 9 times when his pickup smashed into a
    car driven by Sarah Johnson, nearly killing her.
    His drinking and driving has cost society roughly
    365,000, a small chunk of the 2.7 billion
    yearly cost for alcohol-related crashes.

Alcohol impairs your judgment
  • Reporters took a Breathalzyer to Summerfest and
    Miller Park. They found many people thought they
    were less drunk than they actually were.
  • A 27-year-old man said he could drive, despite
    the roughly 20 drinks he had downed and his 0.25
    blood-alcohol level. Absolutely, he said.
    I've been doing this for 10 years, dude.

Click here for graphic
Health effects of alcohol
  • Drinking alcohol to excess can cause serious
    damage to your brain, liver, heart and pancreas.
  • Sustained alcohol use can shrink your brain.
  • In 2006 alone, more than 200 people in Wisconsin
    died from cirrhosis of the liver.

These teenagers were killed by drunken drivers
From top left, clockwise Amanda Brandt, Cody
Green, Sarah Mullenbach, Clint Erickson, Eric
Glover, Tyler Crowley-Lee
These teenagers drove drunk and paid the ultimate
Byron Smith died two weeks before Christmas 2006
when he rolled over into a creek in Kewaunee
  • Joshua Quelle died in 2003 in Clark County when
    he drove off the road.

Jeremy Tagney, was killed in 2004 in Adams County
during a joyride.
A cautionary tale
  • Ben Brant, 17, played basketball for the
    Southwestern Wildcats, served on student council
    and carried a 3.9 GPA.
  • He was killed when he went to a party in 2003 in
    Grant County with his friend, Michael Busch, who
    drove his car at 90 mph and lost control. Busch
  • Click here for the link to interactive graphic of
    all victims

Ben Brant
A friendship destroyed
  • A drunken driver killed Jillian Kuether, 20, a
    sophomore at UW-Milwaukee, in 2003 in Sheboygan
  • The crash left her best friend, Sarah Van Der Puy
    a junior at UW-Madison, with traumatic brain
    injuries that still affect her personality.
  • Click here for a video about the Sobering
    Reminders series (very strongly encouraged)

Jillian Kuether, left, and Sarah Van Der Puy.
A night in detox
  • The consequences of binge drinking and alcohol
    abuse are real.
  • Video of Dane County Detoxification Center
    (Warning this video contains graphic footage)
  • Click here for link to video

A man is evaluated while a Madison Police officer
fills out paperwork at a Detoxification Unit in
Madison. Photo by Mark Hoffman
Discussion questions
  • 1. What problems occur in peoples lives because
    of alcohol abuse?
  • 2. What can you do to avoid being in a situation
    in which drunken-driving might occur?
  • 3. How would your parents react if you were
    caught, injured or killed while driving drunk?
  • 4. What are consequences of drunken driving?
  • 5. How does excessive alcohol use affect your

The Edge of Reality
  • The Edge of Reality is a 48-minute movie
    featuring students from Neenah High School in
    lead roles.
  • The film, which includes realistic depictions of
    injury and death, shows a drinking party gone
    terribly wrong.
  • Click here for link to movie (optional)
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