Underage drinking is the most common form of substance abuse among today's teens and it raises many serious risks to both health and safety. The transition into puberty is well known as a time of risk taking as adolescents push their boundaries and clamor for acceptance from their peers, and alcohol is easily obtained and can be quickly consumed. In fact, about 90 percent of teen drinking is considered binge drinking due to the speed and quantity of consumption.
By this definition, any use of alcohol by teens would be abuse, because teens are not legally allowed to buy or consume alcohol. However, by the time they are seniors, most American high school students will have tried alcohol. Teen alcohol addiction can be evident in psychological and physical symptoms that may be mistaken as part of adolescence, rather than indicators of an addiction.
Print version. Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age.
Call Now. Treatment Center Locator. While the number of teens who drink has been going down over the past few years, there are still millions of underage drinkers nationwide. According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were an estimated 10 million underage drinkers in
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey 7 found that among high school students, during the past 30 days. In general, the risk of youth experiencing these problems is greater for those who binge drink than for those who do not binge drink. Reducing underage drinking will require community-based efforts to monitor the activities of youth and decrease youth access to alcohol.
Inclose to half of Americans high school students in 10 th grade reported drinking behavior in the past year. While these numbers reflect even a single drink within the calendar year, studies have shown that a significant number of underage drinkers meet the criteria for binge drinking — consuming 5 or more alcoholic drinks in a single sitting. These are depressing statistics for parents to take in.
Revised January AUD ranges from mild to severe. Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink.
Download this publication Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone—regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking.
Our research indicates that the average age a person first tries alcohol is now Alcohol can have serious effects on developing brains and bodies, as well as leaving teenagers vulnerable to unsafe situations. Drinking alcohol is seen as something teenagers are expected to do as part of growing up but starting to drink so young is more damaging than many teenagers realise.