Underage Drinking by the Numbers

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  • 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
  • At What Age Do Most Teens Start Experimenting With Alcohol?

Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

“The pre-frontal cortex of the adolescent brain doesn't mature until the early 20s, and that portion of the brain is responsible for judgment,” Ruth Bowles, executive director of the substance abuse prevention provider at the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, Inc. (RCADD), told BET.com. “Alcohol affects a person’s judgment and coupled with a teenage brain can potentially lead to disaster for adolescents.”

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