Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth, and about 90 percent of underage drinkers consume alcohol by binging.
One in three eighth graders drink, and of those who admit to drinking, half have been drunk.
The numbers go up as tweens become teens.
Past-year drinking (more than one or two sips) is reported by:
Alcohol consumption in underage drinkers contributes to the three leading causes of death: injury, homicide and suicide.
3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol
400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex.
More than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.
97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Young people are less sensitive to alcohol's effect on alertness, so they can drink longer before feeling drowsy.
Blood alcohol concentration can continue to rise while someone is passed out. And even after a person stops drinking, the alcohol already in the stomach and the intestines continues to enter the bloodstream. So, someone who appears to be sleeping it off could actually be in real danger.
Sources: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Journal of the American Medical Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
For information, please visit the Molly Ammon Spring Break Awareness Facebook page. Dr. Jo has posted much more information there.
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