“By the 8th grade, 25.9% of adolescents have consumed alcohol”
Bridgewater, N.J. (October 18, 2013) – Research shows that many adolescents start to drink at very young ages.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAA), each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide and hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns and drownings.
Some factors that may lead to underage drinking are peer pressure (environmental factors), psychiatric issues, and heredity.
The effects of underage drinking are damages to the brain, poor liver function and lack of growth and endocrine.
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For more information on underage drinking, please visit http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA67/AA67.htm.