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Keep the lid on! Most teens are.

Many of us aging baby boomers have a habit of comparing notes about how much they drank and drove in high school and college, and we wonder how we ever survived. In my first job in Fort Lauderdale, we'd buy six packs on Friday afternoons and drink several on our way driving to the party place and then drink some more and at the end of the night drive home snockered.

Is it luck, miracle or destiny that more of us didn't die?

Well, here's some good news from the CDC today. Modern teens aren't as stupid as we are. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

“The percentage of teens in high school (aged 16 and older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine out of 10 high school teens (aged 16 and older) did not drink and drive during 2011.”

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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