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Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. —NIH, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Many young people drink alcohol

  • By age 15, about 35 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink.1
  • By age 18, about 65 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink.1
  • In 2014, 8.7 million young people ages 12–20 reported that they drank alcohol beyond “just a few sips” in the past month.2                                                                                  
  • 1 National Survey on Drug and Alcohol Use (NSDUH) 2014
  • 2 National Survey on Drug and Alcohol Use (NSDUH) 2014.