people consume almost 3.6 billion drinks annually or 10 million
drinks each day!
the three leading causes of death for teens homicide, suicide and
alcohol is a primary causative factor in all categories of death!
study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation found that in
underage drinking resulted in 3,170 deaths of teens and nearly 1 million
Underage drinking cost
the citizens of the
$61.9 billion in 2001.
These costs include
medical care, work loss, academic underachievement or dropping out of
costs of youth violence, youth traffic crashes, high-risk sex, youth
property crime, youth injuries, poisonings and psychoses, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome among
teen mothers, youth alcohol treatment, etc.
2004, an estimated 142,701 alcohol-related emergency department (ED)
visits were made by patients aged12-to-20.
use and higher levels of use among adolescents is associated with poor
grades, absenteeism and higher rates of school dropout.
people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to
develop alcohol dependence and are two and a half times more likely to
become abusers of alcohol than
those who begin drinking at age 21.
2000, 73,752 youth 12- 20 years old were admitted for alcohol treatment
, accounting for 9% of all treatment admissions for alcohol abuse in the
year on the college campus: more than 70,000 students are victims of
alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape; there are 696,000 alcohol
related assaults; there are 599,000 students injured because of alcohol;
the average cost for alcohol-related vandalism is $80,000 per college,
95 percent of violent crimes on college campuses are alcohol-related.and
1,700 students die from alcohol related accidents or events.
levels of alcohol use are associated with unplanned or unprotected
sexual activity among adolescents. This poses increased risk for
teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
drinking consuming enough alcohol to become legally intoxicated
is growing at a much faster rate among girls than boys.
Teen girls appear to be more vulnerable to many of the adverse
consequences of alcohol they appear to be more impaired than men
after drinking equivalent amounts. Adolescent
girls who drink even moderate amounts of alcohol may experience
disrupted growth and puberty, and teen girls who binge drink are 63
percent more likely to become teen mothers.
96 percent of all underage drinking takes place under binge
circumstances five or more drinks in a row enough to reach and
go above legal intoxication!
was estimated in one study that 8.2 percent of adolescent males and 6.2
percent of adolescent females meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol
(or other drug) dependence.