SADD - Please join SADD as we advocate for Alcohol Awareness Week. From experimenting with alcohol for the first time to suffering from alcoholism, hundreds of teens abuse alcohol daily. In 2019, 7 million people ages 12 to 20 reported that they drank more than a few sips of alcohol in a month. Underage drinking is very serious. There are many health risks and negative effects that come with it. Many young teens drink because of reasons such as peer pressure, increased independence (or the desire for it), stress, more. However drinking is not the solution.
FACT: Drinking at a young age can increase risk of alcoholism at an older age. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adults ages 26 and older who began drinking before age 15 are 5.6 times more likely to report having alcohol use disorder in the past year as those who waited until age 21 or later to begin drinking.
If you or someone that you know is struggling with alcoholism, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It is a 24-hour free and confidential information service for mental and substance use disorders. For more information on raising alcohol awareness, visit https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/underage-drinking