Underage Drinking by the Numbers

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  • The Difference Between a Drink and Binge Drinking
  • The Dangers of Binge Drinking
  • At What Age Do Most Teens Start Experimenting With Alcohol?
  • Why Are Teens Drinking?
  • Drinking Before The Age Limit Could Lead To…
  • Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain
  • How Are Teens Getting Access to Alcohol?
  • Once They Drink, How Many Teens Are Getting Behind the Wheel?
  • The Annual Death Toll as a Result of Underage Drinking
  • The Consequences Outweigh Underage Drinking
  • What Can Parents Do to Help Stop Underage Drinking?
  • Underage Drink Diversion Programs
  • Teenage Drinking: A Public Health Issue
  • An Overview

At What Age Do Most Teens Start Experimenting With Alcohol?

The average age at which young people ages 12 to 17 begin to drink is 13 years old. In a national study, 13.8 percent of eighth-graders reported having at least one drink in the past 30 days, and 11.5 percent had been drunk at least once in the past year.

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