Is Alcohol Abuse Common Among Adolescents?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Saturday, 16, November 2019

The Center for Disease Control within the United States often publishes alarming statistics for underage drinking. To this day, alcohol is still the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States, and excessive underage drinking is responsible for over 4000 deaths each year in the United States. The drinking age within the United States is 21, but on average 11% of those ages, 12 to 20 will have consumed alcohol, and over 90% of the consumption is binge drinking. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control reported that roughly 119,000 alcohol-related emergency-room visits were for those aged 12 to 21.

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A Youth Risk Behavior Survey done in 2017 among high-school students in the United States showed that roughly 30% had used alcohol, around 14% took part in binge drinking, and around 6% drove a vehicle after consuming alcohol. In 2016, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 19% of the general population aged 12 to 20 used alcohol in the last 30 days. When underage drinking starts, it must be stopped or prevented from happening. Alcohol will impact a child or a teen in many negative ways and will lead to further problems later in life. Underage drinking is a continuing problem in the United States, and there are significant consequences for youth who drink alcohol