Teen Drinking

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, July 5, 2001 - 03:12 PM
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The war on drugs may be losing a battle with its largest threat. A recent study by the Associated Press shows that teens are drinking more regularly and at younger ages than ever before.
In fact, during the 1960's the average age of first use of alcohol was 18 years old, whereas in the 1990's it was around age 16. Studies also show that the younger a person starts using alcohol the more likely that person is to develop a problem, and the more likely that the problem will become severe.
Approximately 85% of teens surveyed have used alcohol, and since the drinking age was raised to 21, the amount of teen drinking has settled at a rate that suggest underage drinking remains a serious health hazard. These staggering numbers have many people looking for a way to fix the problem.
Muskingum County Behavioral Health’s Steve Carrel says, “We can make a change in our homes. What used to be called the war on drugs- if we are going to win that war, we have to do it in each person’s household, and that is exactly where these kinds of things will change.”
Alcohol is a major contributing factor in half of all homicides, suicides, and motor vehicle crashes, which are the leading cause of death in young people.

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