Teen Drinking

By: Zach Puyleart

8 Facts on Teen Drinking

1. The average age teen boy try alcohol at age 11 and girls at age 13

2. The three leading causes of death 15 to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides. Alcohol is a leading factor in all three.

3. 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.

4. Teens who drink heavily are three times more likely to try and hurt themselves (self-harm, attempt suicide etc.) than those who don't.

5. Teens who start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after the legal age of 21.

6. The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with age, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2 percent at age 12 to 21 percent at age 16, and 55 percent at age 20.

7. According to a study by Columbia University, underage drinkers account for 11.4 percent of all of the alcohol consumed in the U.S.

8. Nearly 10 million young people, ages 12 to 20, reported that they’ve consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.