Welcome to The Coalition Report.
Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.
The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone— regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families—it is a nationwide concern.
Underage Drinking Statistics
Many, many young people drink alcohol
» By age 15, about 35 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink.
» By age 18, about 65 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink.1
» In 2014, 8.7 million young people ages 12–20 reported that they drank alcohol beyond “just a few sips” in the past month.