The war on drugs rarely counts among its victims those ravaged by alcohol, but it should. A recent study found that alcohol remains the drug of choice among college students. Moreover, it is the No. 1 killer of people 15 to 25 -- 8,000 of whom die every year as a result of alcohol-related accidents.
The traditional pedantic response to drinking and driving -- classroom lectures on blood-alcohol levels and a mantra of "just say no" -- falls far short of a solution. There is a better way: The positive peer influence of teens teaching teens about the dangers of drinking and driving, and pushing the alternatives. That is the philosophy of SADD, an acronym for Students Against Drunk Driving. Since its inception in the early 1980s there has been a marked drop in alcohol-related deaths among teens.