Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ten Facts about Teens and Alcohol

1. The average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years forgirls and by the age of 14, 41% of children have had least one drink.
2. The average age at which Americans begin drinking regularly is 15.9 years old.
3. Teens who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking
at age 21.
4. An early age of drinking onset is also associated with alcohol-related violence not only among persons under age 21 but among adults as well.
5. It’s estimated that over three million teenagers are out-and-out alcoholics. Several million more have a serious drinking problem that they cannot manageon their own.
6. Annually, more than 5,000 deaths of people under age 21 are linked to underage drinking.
7. Various studies have found that 44% of students attending 4-year colleges drink alcohol at the binge level or greater.
8. Every year, an estimated 30,000 college students require medical treatment after overdosing on alcohol.
9. Annually, 400,000 students between the ages 18 and 24 engage in unprotected sex while drunk and say they wouldn't have done it had they been sober.
10. The three leading causes of death for 15- to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides -- alcohol isa leading factor in all three.

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