Underage Drinking Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented? Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age. As a result, underage drinking is a leading public health problem in this country.
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In a 2013 study of underage drinking, more than one-third of teens admitted to drinking some amount of alcohol, and 22 percent have been a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol. These statistics are alarming and help to explain why underage drinking is such a problem. However, there’s more to the story.