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According to the American Medical Association, approximately 11 million American youth under the age 21 drink alcohol, with nearly half of those drinking to excess (consuming at least 5 drinks in a row once every 2 weeks). Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by high school seniors, and its use is, unfortunately, increasing.

Here are some of the stats:

  • Underage drinking is a factor in nearly half of all teen car crashes, which are the leading cause of teen deaths.

  • Alcohol consumption is a major factor among young people having unprotected sex, dramatically increasing risk of contracting AIDS and other STDs.

  • Alcohol use contributes to youth suicides, homicides, and fatal injuries, which are the leading causes of death after auto accidents.

  • Alcohol abuse is linked to up to two thirds of all sexual assaults and date rapes among teens and college students

If you or someone you know has a problem with consuming alcohol, there are many resources available for help. Among them are:

Alcoholics Anonymous: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

Alcoholics Victorious:  www.alcoholicsvictorious.org

and Alateen: www.al-anon.org

From:  www.amaassn.org/ama/pub/category/print/3566.html

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By Vicki Redden. Reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine, September 9, 2006. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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