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NCJ Number: 247726 Find in a Library
Title: Combating Underage Drinking
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: February 1998
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: FS 9417
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Web Page/Site
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document discusses the new Combating Underage Drinking program, a comprehensive and coordinated enforcement and alcohol use prevention program at the State level.
Abstract: Underage drinking continues to plague our Nation. It not only places America's youth at risk, but places all citizens at risk on a daily basis. Recent national statistics show that: approximately 9.5 million drinkers in 1996 were youth ages 12 to 20; of this number, 4.4 million were binge drinkers, including 1.9 million heavy drinkers; almost 45 percent of students in grades 6 to 8 had used alcohol within the previous year; that number rose to 71 percent for grades 9 to 12; young people who began drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol addiction than those who began drinking at age 21; alcohol has been a factor in 50 to 65 percent of all suicides among youth; statistics show that although persons ages 15 to 20 in 1995 comprised 7.1 percent of licensed drivers, they accounted for 14.9 percent of all driver fatalities; Motor vehicle fatalities are the number 1 killer of teenagers and other young adults with more than 35 percent of such fatalities involving persons ages 15 to 20 are alcohol related; and in 1996, 2,315 youth died in alcohol-related crashes.
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Federal programs; OJJDP grant-related documents; State aid; State juvenile laws; Underage Drinking; Underage Drinking Programs
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