OF TEEN DRINKING
Studies show a relationship between underage drinking behaviors and the drinking behaviors of adult relatives, and adults in the same household, community and state.
There is a relationship between youth and adult drinking, including binge drinking, in states and communities.
A 5% increase in binge drinking among adults in a community is associated with a 12% increase in the chance of underage drinking.
According to data from the CDC, drinking by those below the age of 21 is also strongly linked with:
- Death from alcohol poisoning.
- Unintentional injuries, such as car crashes, falls, burns, and drowning.
- Suicide and violence, such as fighting and sexual assault.
- Changes in brain development.
- School performance problems, such as higher absenteeism and poor or failing grades.
- Alcohol dependence later in life.
- Other risk behaviors such as smoking, drug misuse, and risky sexual behaviors.
Use the campaign materials available below to help us keep alcohol out of kids’ hands.
Don’t serve teens.
IT’S UNSAFE. IT’S ILLEGAL. IT’S IRRESPONSIBLE.