Underage Drinking

Underage drinking

Underage drinking is a huge problem. By age 15, 35.1 percent of teens have had at least one drink. Ages 12-20 percent have drunken alcohol in the past month, with 23% being males and 22.5% being females. By engaging in alcohol at a young age affects the brain development, therefore causing many problems. Many teens are able to get their license at age 16, meaning more teens are going to go out to parties and drink alcohol. This can result in them drink driving, causing more of them to get in car crashes, risking their lives. 5,000 people under age 21 die every year from drunk driving.

Drinking can also result in poor behavior, causing youth to make bad decisions that could possibly lead them to getting a charge for sexual assault or either being the victim of sexual assault.

From alcohol alone more than 190,000 people under age 21 have went to the hospital from injuries in 2008.