Alcohol & Illegal Drugs

Drinking under the age of 21

Nearly 9 million youths , ages 12 to 20, in this country report they have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with increasing age according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 1% at age 12 to 15% at age 16, and 39% at age 20.Unrestrained drivers 16 to 20 are over 3x as likely to be alcohol-impaired than restrained drivers of that age range.