Underage Drinking

Louis Cousino


Alcohol is very likely to be used and abused by youth within the United States. In 2010, about 189,000 emergency room visits by people under the age of 21 were linked to alcohol consumption. In 2013, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey found the high school students, within the last 30 days:

  • 35% drank some form of alcohol
  • 21% binge drank
  • 10% drove after drinking alcohol
  • 22% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol


Some consequences of underage drinking include:

  • Memory problems.
  • Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning.
  • Death from alcohol poisoning.


There are local programs aimed at preventing alcohol consumption by youth. There many state and federal laws also implemented to stop this. One of the best ways to stay away from underage drinking is just saying no if someone offers you a drink.