Examine the consequences of teen drinking
In light of the arrest of 16 Haywood County teens for underage drinking, it’s a good time consider the proven facts on teen alcohol use from the Center for Disease Control.
• Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States and is responsible for more than 4,700 annual deaths among underage youth.
• Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States.
• More than 90 percent of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking.• In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol
• The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students, during the ...