Alcohol Use

Alcohol is the most frequently used drug among adolescents.  Alcohol use among youth is associated with a wide variety of other risky behaviors and poor outcomes, including unprotected sexual intercourse, vulnerability to coerced sexual activity, the use of marijuana, and poor academic performance (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010).  Injuries and deaths associated with adolescents’ use of alcohol are perhaps the best-known consequences of underage drinking. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents: in 2009 about one in five young drivers (ages 16-20) killed in crashes had been drinking (U.S. Department of Transportation, 2011).



Sources Cited

U.S. Department of Transportation. Alcohol-impaired driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic safety facts, 2009 data. DOT HS 811 385. Washington, D.C. Retrieved February 17, 2011.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, & National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2009). Alcohol alert.  Number 78. Retrieved February 17, 2011, from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Fact Sheet: Underage drinking.  Retrieved February 17, 2011.