Children are never too young to be educated about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Consider the following:
– About 4.6 million teenagers have a drinking problem.
– More than four percent of high school seniors drink alcohol every day.
– Alcohol-related accidents are the leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age.
– About half of all youthful deaths in drowning, fires, suicide, and homicide are alcohol-related.
– Young people who use alcohol at an early age are more likely to use alcohol heavily and to have alcohol-related problems; they are also more likely to abuse other drugs and to get into trouble with the law.
– Young people whose body weight is lower than adults reach a higher blood alcohol concentration level than adults and show greater effects for longer periods of time.
Source: U. S. Department of Education.