Prevention of Underage Drinking

Although the legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21, one quarter of people aged 12 to 20 currently drink alcohol. Underage drinking is a problem shared by all communities: small metropolitan areas, large metropolitan areas, and nonmetropolitan areas have alcoholsimilar rates of underage alcohol use. Excessive drinking is part of the issue: among people aged 12 to 20 who drink alcohol, an estimated 6 million people participated in binge drinking at least once in the last 30 days, consuming five or more drinks in one sitting, and nearly 2 million are classified as heavy drinkers, binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past 30 days.

Underage alcohol use can have serious consequences for both young people’s health and the well-being of the community. The good news is that underage drinking can be prevented.

Learn more by downloading the Fact Sheet for Prevention of Underage Drinking in the U.S. [PDF] from SAMHSA.

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