Alcohol and Teens
Need to know
The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey6 found that among high school students, during the past 30 days
- 39% drank some amount of alcohol.
- 22% binge drank.
- 8% drove after drinking alcohol.
- 24% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol
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.
Consequences of Underage Drinking
-Disruption of normal growth and sexual development
-Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.