There are some serious risks involved with binge drinking, and over consumption of alcohol isn't anything to mess around with. It's fairly typical for teens and young adults to indulge when their parents aren't watching, which is why there are so many tragic stories from college campuses of students dying of alcohol-related causes. Sadly, one teenager allegedly died under his parent's watch as part of an alcohol "lesson" gone horribly wrong, and it should be a warning to everyone about the dangers associated with drinking in excess.
Joseph M. Richardson and his wife Paulette L. Richardson were arrested after their son, 16-year-old Kendal Ball, was found dead in his room. Kendal had a blood alcohol level of .587, which is significantly higher than the .08 level needed in order to be considered intoxicated while driving - and the alleged reason why Kendal drank so much in the first place is so, so scary.
According to People, Joseph and Paulette allegedly wanted to get Kendal so intoxicated and sick that he would be completely turned off by alcohol in the future. Kendal's biological father was reportedly an alcoholic, which worried Kendal's parents about Kendal choosing to drink. Tragically, Kendal never even had the chance to think about his decision to drink or not: Kendal went to bed at 10:30 PM, and when his stepfather checked on him several hours later, he was not breathing. The autopsy revealed that Kendal died due to complications related to "acute alcohol poisoning."
The entire story is so heartbreaking, but perhaps the real lesson we can all learn from this horrible ordeal is that drinking irresponsibly can have tragic consequences. Alcohol is a controlled substance for a reason, and should be consumed wisely. Forcing someone to drink, no matter what the intention behind it, can cause death or other serious health issues. Let's hope that Kendal's story makes people consider their own behavior, because these stories simply shouldn't happen.
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