Add underage drinking to the list of evils the Delaware Attorney General’s Office is fighting.
On a televised appearance on MSNBC Friday, Attorney General Beau Biden called for kids in Delaware to stop drinking, and for parents to be vigilant.
According to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), two out of three high school kids in Delaware drank alcohol in the past year.
“The reality is … 5,000 kids die every year because of underage drinking,” Biden said. “Whether that be automobile accidents, homicides, suicides, drownings, other fatalities. That’s the loss of blood, that’s the loss of our children.”
Underage drinking is also taking an economic toll. Biden says it costs the state about $228 million a year.
“Whether it be loss of workforce, whether it be the damage they can cause themselves, whether it’s the crimes committed in and around underage drinking.”
Biden plans to take his fight against underage drinking on the road. He’s scheduled to join experts on teen behavior at the Hockessin Police Athletic League on Wednesday, June 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.