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Underage Drinking Statistics for the 4th of July

Underage Drinking Statistics Underage drinking statistics prove just how much of a widespread problem alcohol abuse problem we have among teens.  With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, teenagers at risk for drinking and abusing alcohol. Know the facts so you can help prevent teens from drinking.

Underage Drinking Statistics

According to SAMHSA Too Smart To Start, underage drinking statistics from 2012 indicated that 2.2% of 12-13 year olds, 11.1% of 14-15 year olds, 24.8% of 16-17 year olds, and 45.8% of 18-20 year olds drink alcohol. SAMHSA also found that hospital visits doubled for teenage boys who were drinking over the 4th of July weekend in 2009.  Independence Day brought in 622 hospitalizations for boys ranging from ages 12-20 as a result of too much alcohol.

Based on these findings, NIDA discovered a majority of high school seniors don’t believe that binge drinking on weekends is dangerous.  The truth, however, though is that scientific research proves alcohol can dramatically change the chemistry in a teenager’s brain.

Impact of alcohol on teenage brain

Alcohol impairs judgement, so when underage drinking occurs, young adults may put themselves at risk for making destructive decisions that can affect anywhere from their sexuality to emotional response.  This is because their brains are not yet fully developed and alcohol is a toxic substance that can alter the chemistry in the brain’s structure.  Consequences of drinking alcohol at a young age aren’t limited to just physiological structure to the brain though.  Other consequences of abusing alcohol at a young age include becoming being physically dependent on it from habitual excessive drinking.

Preventing underage drinking on July 4th

Holidays are popular days for people to drink more than they might otherwise drink, especially on July 4th.  Preventing underage drinking can start with parents being aware about their own surroundings, particularly when it comes to their own children. One way to help prevent underage drinking is to lead by example and show that holidays can still be fun without alcohol. Remember, alcohol is a drug and should not be abused by teens as well as adults. This 4th of July let’s celebrate true freedom from not partaking in any mind-altering substances.

If alcohol abuse is suspected in the home, chat live with The Watershed today for more information on how you can make it stop.

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