• Health & Safety

Risks of Underage Drinking

Underage Drinking

  • Is a major cause of death from injuries among young people.
    Each year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from , as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings.
  • Increases the risk of carrying out, or being a victim of, a physical or sexual assault.
  • Can affect the body in many ways.
    The effects of range from hangovers to death from poisoning.
  • Can lead to other problems.
    These may include bad grades in school, run-ins with the law, and drug use.
  • Affects how well a young person judges risk and makes sound decisions.
    For example, after drinking, a teen may see nothing wrong with a car or riding with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Plays a role in risky sexual activity.
    This can increase the chance of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Can harm the growing brain, especially when teens drink a lot.
    Today we know that the brain continues to develop from birth through the into the mid-20s.