Approximately 12.5 million underage teens drink each year. In 2005, according to self-reports by United States students in grades 9-12 74% had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more days during their life » Underage Drinking Statistics
Teen drivers are involved in more than five times as many fatal crashes as adults are. Young drivers are more likely to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns, and die in SUV rollovers. » Underage Drinking Prevention Resources
Facts about underage drinking my surprise or shock you. In the United States, underage teen drinking is widespread. Approximately 12.5 million underage teens drink each year. In 2005, according to self-reports by United States students in grades 9-12:
In 2005, underage teen drinking consumed 15 percent of all alcohol sold in the United States, totaling $19.8 billion in sales.
Although teens and young adults between 16 and 24 years old comprise only 20 percent of the total licensed population; they cause 42 percent of all fatal alcohol related crashes.
Underage drinking prevention: Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all other illegal drugs combined. Kids are also beginning to abuse alcohol younger than you ever thought possible: Nearly 20 percent of eighth graders have reported being drunk, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Eighth graders are not getting behind the wheel now but they will in the near future. Children who first use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to have alcohol problems than those who start drinking after 21. Drunk children grow up to be drunk drivers at 16. Despite all these statistics on teen drinking, most parents are in denial that teens with drinking problems could be living in their house. Parents think underage drinking is someone else’s problem when there’s a good chance it’s really their own.
The United States has one of the safest highway systems in the world, due in part to design characteristics such as guard rails, highway markings, and signs. The U.S. has relatively few fatalities per 100-million miles driven but the number of accidents involving alcohol is among the highest in the world.
An accident by an alcohol impaired driver is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States today. Other alcohol-related statistics say the involvement of alcohol in many non-driving aspects: 40% of all suicide attempts are alcohol-related; 54% of all violent crimes are alcohol-related; 60% of all emergency room admissions are alcohol-related; and 80% of all domestic disputes are alcohol-related
Underage drinking costs tax payers $61.9 billion a year in medical costs, lost days of work, and pain and suffering. If you or a family member has been the victim of a drunk driver or underage drunk driver, contact a personal injury/wrongful death law firm to find out what your options are.
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