There is underage drinking in the U.S. which has potentially negative effects. Applying several effective policy solutions can help reduce underage drinking and related consequences.

Underage drinking is common. The legal drinking age is 21.

Alcohol is utilized among young people the most in the U.S. A number of surveys show the rise in alcohol consumption among teenagers.

Approximately 76,896 high school students answered the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

29% drank alcohol
14% binge drank
5% of drivers were over the legal limit.
17% rode with a drunk driver.

Adolescent drinking patterns in the recent past have seen notable declines in prevalence. As of 2019, female high school students are more likely to drink alcohol and binge drink than male high school students.

  • Underage drinking is unsafe.
  • Those that drink alcohol tend to encounter
  • Absenteeism and poor grades are notable school concerns.
  • Problems caused by conflict or disinterest in youth activities.
  • Arrest for driving or physically harming someone while drunk
  • Hangover or sickness
  • Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity
  • Sexual maturation or growth disruption.
  • Physical and sexual violence
  • Suicide and murders have increased.
  • Alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions and other accidental injuries, such as burns, falls, or drowning.
  • Memory issues
  • Abuse of drugs.
  • Possible lifelong consequences of brain development
  • Suffocation.

Teenage drinking is a major issue in the United States. People under the age of 21 lose 3,500 years of potential life per year because of excessive drinking. In 2010, underage drinking cost the U.S. $24 billion. Between the ages of 12 and 21, roughly 119,000 ER visits involved injuries and conditions related to drinking.