Underage Drinking

Underage drinking of alcoholic beverages has been identified as a threat to public health in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The term underage refers to anyone under the age of twenty-one, which is the legal drinking age in the United States. Drinking among underage youth can impair decision-making and memory and increases the risk of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes. In the long term, drinking during adolescence also increases the risk of alcohol dependence in adulthood and can result in significant health risks to the developing adolescent brain. Underage drinking is not an isolated or rare problem. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the US...

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