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  1. In 2012, nearly 3/4 of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than 1/3 (37%) have done so by 8th grade.
  2. According to a study by Columbia University, underage drinkers account for 11.4% of all of the alcohol consumed in the U.S.
  3. The average age teen boys first try alcohol is age 11, for teen girls it’s 13.
  4. Nearly 10 million young people, ages 12 to 20, reported that they've consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
  5. Teens who start drinking before age 15 years are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after the legal age of 21.

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  1. In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by teens under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.
  2. Teens who drink heavily are three times more likely to try and hurt themselves (self-harm, attempt suicide etc.) than those who don't.
  3. 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.
  4. The 3 leading causes of death for 15 to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides – alcohol is a leading factor in all 3.
  5. In 2010, 56% of drivers aged 15 to 20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.
  6. The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with age, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2% at age 12 to 21% at age 16, and 55% at age 20.

Sources

  • 1

    University of Michigan. "NATIONAL SURVEY RESULTS ON DRUG USE, 1975–2009." Monitoring the Future. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/vol1_2009.pdf.

  • 2

    Columbia University. "New Study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and CASA* Report Reveal: Underage Drinkers, Alcoholics and Alcohol Abusers Consume Between 37.5% and 48.8% of Alcohol Sold." CASAColumbia. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.casacolumbia.org/newsroom/press-releases/2006-apam-commercial-value-of-underage-drinking.

  • 3

    Harvard Health Publications. "Teenage Drinking." Help Guide. Accessed February 22, 2014, http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/alcohol_teens.htm.

  • 4

    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. "National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings." Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm.

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    USA.gov. "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm.

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    USA.gov. "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm.

  • 7

    Marrow, M.S., Deborah. "Teenage Drinking Facts The Effects Of Teenage DrinkingTeenage Drinking Statistics." The Alcoholism Guide. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/teenage-drinking-facts.html.

  • 8

    Century Council. "Underage Drinking Research." Century Council. Accessed February 23, 2014, http://www.centurycouncil.org/underage-drinking/underage-drinking-research.

  • 9

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "The Toll of Underage Drinking." The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.camy.org/factsheets/sheets/The_Toll_of_Underage_Drinking.html.

  • 10

    USA.gov. "Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html.

  • 11

    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. "National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings." Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm.

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