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
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
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.
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
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 out of every 4 students (75%) have
consumed alcohol by the end of High
26% of kids have had there first drink of
alcohol (other than a few sips) by the
age of 13.
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
90% of all reported rapes on campuses
are due to alcohol abuse.
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+
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
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
asked where students
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.
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.
students at West were
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.