Alcohol Facts

Underage Drinking Facts

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Startling statistics and facts on underage drinking by young kids, teenagers and college students.

1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

500,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

In 2001, Jenna and Barbara Bush were arrested and sentenced to community service for underage drinking.

A report by the national Academy of Sciences states that 60 percent of eighth graders say alcohol is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain. Ninety percent of twelfth graders say it is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain.

Alcohol problems are highest among young adults between ages eighteen and twenty-nine and lowest among adults ages sixty-five and older.

More than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or rape.

According to the National Institutes of health, children who begin drinking before the age of fifteen are four times as likely to become alcoholics as teens who abstain from drinking.

A study done by the Journal of the American Medical Association said that sales to under-age drinkers amount to nearly 20 percent of the total alcohol market, or about $20 billion in illegally purchased alcohol.

More than 600,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

Alcohol is the leading cause of death for persons under age twenty-one.

Alcohol is the number one drug abuse problem for American Youth.

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