kills 6.5 times more young people than all other illegal drugs combined.
who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use drugs, more than
22 times more likely to use marijuana, and 50 times more likely to use
cocaine than youth who never drank.
adolescent's central nervous system and brain are not yet fully developed
and are especially sensitive to alcohol and other drugs. Addiction happens
drinking is the leading cause of adult alcoholism.
data reveals more than 16,500 traffic deaths have been averted since
states started raising the minimum drinking age to 21.
who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop
alcohol dependence than youth who wait until 21.
of alcohol is associated with most other drug use and is highly correlated
with violence, fighting, negative attitudes, academic failure and poor
more than half of all homicides, the perpetrator, the victim or both
have been drinking.
day, more than 5,400 young people in the U.S. younger than 15 take their
first drink of alcohol. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2004)
youth in Texas drink alcohol than smoke tobacco or marijuana. (TDSHS
drinking, defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion, was
reported by 23% of secondary students. (TDSHS 2004)
age of first use of alcohol is 13.9 years. Youth who begin drinking
alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol-related
problems and alcohol dependency.
of high school seniors reported driving while intoxicated; 18% high
on other drugs. (TDSHS 2004)
had the highest percentage of current alcohol use at 36.2%, followed
by Anglo students (33%) and African-Americans (27%).
who said that their parents disapproved of teens using substances were
less likely to use substances than those who said their parents approved
or were neutral. Only 19% of all secondary students whose parents strongly
or mildly disapproved of their drinking beer actually drank in the month
before the 2004 survey, compared to 50% of those whose parents strongly
or mildly approved and 47% of those who reported their parents as neutral.