It’s against the law, except in special cases, such as when it is part of a religious ceremony.Underage drinking is a major cause of death from injuries among young people. Each year, approximately 4,700 people under age 21 die as a result of underage drinking.1 Causes include alcohol poisoning; suicide; homicide; traffic crashes; and injuries from burns, falls, and other harms

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tweens and teens

The vast majority of tweens and teens do not use alcohol. In 2012, only 2.2 percent of 12- or 13-year-olds, 11.1 percent of 14- or 15-year-olds, 24.8 percent of 16- or 17-year-olds, and 45.8 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds reported any use of alcohol during the past month.A drink can come in many forms. It can be a shot of hard liquor or a mixed drink containing vodka, rum, tequila, gin, scotch, or some other liquor. It can also be wine, a wine cooler, beer, or malt liquor.

A standard drink is any drink that contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol (about 0.6 fluid ounces or 1.2 tablespoons). This is the amount of alcohol usually found in:
  • One 12-ounce beer;
  • One 4- to 5-ounce glass of wine; and
  • One 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor