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6 facts about underage drinking

6 facts about underage drinking

Use the following facts about underage drinking as you plan to talk to your teen about alcohol.

  1. 96% of adults and parents believe it is not acceptable to provide alcohol to youth. (Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility)
  2. 83% of youth report parents are the leading influence in their decision to not drink alcohol. (Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility)
  3. Youth who start drinking before age 15 are 5x more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21. (CDC)
  4. Excessive alcohol consumption contributes to more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth in the United States each year. (CDC)
  5. Teens age 12 to 20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the U.S. each year. (CDC)
  6. 65% of youth obtain alcohol from friends and family. (Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility)
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