When teenagers and alcohol regrettably mix, society chiefly focuses on preventing their driving, or getting into a vehicle driven by someone who is drunk. While this is, of course, the right thing, sometimes we overlook other lethal possibilities when teenagers drink.

Kevin Adkins never went out the front door the night of July 9, the night he died after consuming large amounts of alcohol at a party at a Gilbert house the 18-year-old had just moved into earlier that day.

On today’s Opinion 2 page, his father, Barry Adkins, writes about his son. You might expect a grieving father to try to blame someone for this tragedy. But Barry Adkins isn’t. He believes that something good can come of his son’s death, establishing a Web site to collect ideas.

Here’s one: A reminder to anyone considering hosting underage drinking parties: Don’t. Much more can happen to young, illegal imbibers than what may occur on the streets and highways. A teen can die in his own bed. It’s where Kevin Adkins stopped breathing forever.

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