90% of Americans who have a substance use disorder reported that they started smoking, drinking, or using drugs before the age of 18. To address this statistic, we curated informative resources on alcohol use that range from statistics on how alcohol affects population health, to where you can reach a professional.

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Data on Alcohol Use

Early Age Drinking

Early age drinking is a risk factor for alcohol use disorders. Adults who had taken their first drink of alcohol before the age of 15 were

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more likely to experience an alcohol use disorder

than those who didn’t start drinking before the age of 21. (NIH)

Research indicates that alcohol use during the teenage years could interfere with normal adolescent brain development and increase the risk of developing Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). In addition, underage drinking contributes to a range of acute consequences, including injuries, and even deaths—including those from car crashes. (CDC) 

Alcohol-Related Injury & Death

An estimated

people die from alcohol-related causes annually

making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity. (NIH)

college students

between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes. (NIH)

How Alcohol Affects Behavior in College Students


between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. (


between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. (NIH)

About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. (NIH)

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