Underage Drinking

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Underage Drinking

  1. 1. Drinking & Driving – Motor vehicle crashes are the top cause of  deaths of adolescents between the ages of 15-20. The rate of fatal crashes due to alcohol of adolescents between the ages of 16-20 is twice the rate of alcohol related crashes between those who are 21 and older. Suicide – Alcohol interacts with conditions such as depression and  stress which helps contribute to suicide. Suicide is the third leading death people between the ages of 16-20 who drink alcohol. Sexual Assault – Sexual assault, including rape, occurs most to  women in late adolescent and early adulthood. Research has shown that alcohol contribution to the offender, victim or both increases the risk of sexual assaulting someone or being sexually assaulted. High Risk Sex – Research has shown that high risk sex and alcohol  can lead to multiple sexual partners, having unsafe sex, receiving and transmitting sexual diseases and teen pregnancies.
  2. 2. The brain keeps developing well into the 20’s. In your teens your still  developing key processes in your brain, exposing your brain to alcohol during this time period can cause memory impairment and impairment to other key processes.  Alcohol induced learning impairments to the brain can cause learning defects, academic and occupational impairments, and memory impairment.  In a study by Brown University kids who were dependent on alcohol had a greater time not remembering words, shapes, and designs after a 10 minute interval rather than the kids who are not dependent on alcohol.
  3. 3. 3 out of every 4 students (75%) have  consumed alcohol by the end of High School. 26% of kids have had there first drink of  alcohol (other than a few sips) by the age of 13.
  4. 4. 60% of collage females who have  transmitted a STD were under the influence of alcohol when it happened. 95% of violent crimes reported on  collage campuses are due to underage drinking. 90% of all reported rapes on campuses  are due to alcohol abuse.
  5. 5. 95% of students said that they have been  involved in underage drinking before while 5% said that they have never. 26% of students reported starting to drink  between the age of 11-14. 74% said that they started drinking at the age 15+
  6. 6. 20% of students said that they have consumed  alcohol 2-5 times. Another 20% said that they have consumed alcohol 6-10 times. 55% of students said that they have consumed alcohol 11+ times, all underage. The other 5% reported never have consumed alcohol. When asked how often one consumes alcohol  underage, 10% reported never, 5% reported once a year, 20% said once a month, 15% said every weekend, and 50% of students said every now and then.
  7. 7. asked where students When usually drink alcohol 63% said at parties, 74% said at their friends houses, 26% said at their houses, 11% said at the park, 5% said at bars, while another 11% said other.
  8. 8. 22% of students said there favorite  alcohol to drink is beer. 50% said vodka while another 50% said mixed drinks. 17% said whiskey and 6% tequila.  5% said that they drink because of peer pressure. 32% of students said to get drunk, 74% said to have a good time, 5% said to drown away their problems and 26% said other.
  9. 9. students at West were When asked if they think the drinking age should be lowered to the age of 18, 75% of the students surveyed said yes, while 25% believe that the drinking age should not be lowered.

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