Underage Drinking by the Numbers

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  • 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
  • The Difference Between a Drink and Binge Drinking
  • The Dangers of Binge Drinking

Drinking Before The Age Limit Could Lead To…

Teens who start drinking before 15 years old are five 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. Additionally, young people who drink are more likely to be the victims of violent crime, to be involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents and to have depression and anxiety, in addition to becoming addicted to alcohol. 

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