Underage drinking is a serious public health problem around the globe which is rising. Alcohol is the most widely used substance among youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. Alcohol drinking issues are rising among Youth.
The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone—regardless of age or drinking status. People ages 12 to 20 drink 4.0 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States. Although youth drink less often than adults do, when they do drink, they drink more. More than 90 percent of all alcoholic drinks consumed by young people are consumed through binge drinking.
- In 2019, 4.2 million young people reported binge drinking at least once in the past month.
- In 2019, 825,000 young people reported binge drinking on 5 or more days over the past month.
Occasional or weekend use of alcohol is often dismissed as typical teenage behavior by adults, and its biological and functional implications are not recognized as being significant. Adolescent substance use frequently co-occurs with other psychiatric diagnoses, including anxiety, mood, psychotic, and disruptive disorders, and can increase the risk of behaviors such as suicide attempts and unplanned sexual encounters. The younger youth initiate alcohol use, the greater their risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD) later in life. Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to reduce adolescent alcohol use and intervene with those at high risk.
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