Did you know…
An early age of drinking onset is associated with alcohol-related
violence not only among persons under age 21 but among adults as well.
The highest prevalence of both binge and heavy drinking in 2000 was for
young adults aged 18 to 25, with the peak rate occurring at age 21.
Approximately one fifth (20.5 percent) of persons aged 12 or older
participated in binge drinking at least once in the 30 days prior to an alcohol
About 10.1 million people age 12 to 20 years reported current use of
alcohol in 2001 - 28.5 percent of this age group for whom alcohol is an illicit
substance. Of these, nearly 6.8 million or 19 percent were binge drinkers and
2.1 million or 6 percent were heavy drinkers.
The median age at which children begin drinking is 13. Young people
who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol
dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.
Students who attended schools with high rates of heavy drinking
experienced a greater number of secondhand effects, including disruption of
sleep or studies; property damage; and verbal, physical, or sexual violence.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage among young people.
High school binge drinking is a major predictor of binge drinking in
In 2001, 25 percent of
the young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in crashes were
The total cost attributable to the consequences of underage drinking was
more than $58 billion per year in 1998 dollars.
More than 40 percent of individuals who start drinking before the age of
13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some point in their
Youth who drink before age 15 are four times more likely to develop
alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.