Underage Drinking

Think before you drink.

FACTS

Underage drinking risks include:
  • Death – 5,000 people under age 21 die each year from alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning, and other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning.
  • Serious injuries – More than 190,000 people under age 21 visited an emergency room for alcohol-related injuries in 2008 alone.
  • Impaired judgment – Drinking can cause kids to make poor decisions, which can then result in risky behavior like drinking and driving, sexual activity, or violence.
  • Increased risk for physical and sexual assault – Youth who drink are more likely to carry out or be the victim of a physical or sexual assault.
  • Brain development problems – Research shows that brain development continues well into a person’s twenties. Alcohol can affect this development, and contribute to a range of problems.
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/special-populations-co-occurringdisorders/underage-drinking
Consequences of underage drinking


  • Physical and sexual assault.
  • Memory problems.
  • Death from alcohol poisoning
  • Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries.
  • School problems, higher absence lower grades.
http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm