• Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities
• Every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash
• Teenage drivers are at a higher risk to be involved in a drinking and driving accident
• At the point when you have reached a six pack, your chances of being in a drunk driving accident are up to 44%.
• In 2oo8 1.4 million people were arrested for DUI. The number of DUI arrests has risen steadily for many years.
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Underage Drinking statistics1
Underage drinking in the United States leads to substantial harm due to traffic crashes, violent crime, property crime, unintentional injury, and risky sex.
- During 2007, an estimated 1,988 traffic fatalities and 48,800 nonfatal traffic injuries involved an underage drinking driver.
- In 2006, an estimated 2,099 homicides; 989,100 nonfatal violent crimes such as rape, robbery and assault; and 1,919,900 property crimes including burglary, larceny, and car theft involved an underage drinking perpetrator.
- In 2006, an estimated 371 alcohol involved fatal burns, drownings, and suicides involved underage drinking.
- In 2006, an estimated 158,600 teen pregnancies and 730,500 risky sexual acts by teens involved alcohol.
Financial Costs of Underage Drinking by Problem, the United States 2007
|Youth Traffic Crashes||$10,019.3|
|High-Risk Sex, Ages 14-20||$4,871.3|
|Youth Property Crime||$3,178.8|
|Poisonings and Psychoses||$416.2|
|FAS Among Mothers Age 15-20||$1,227.3|
|Youth Alcohol Treatment||$2,400.3|
Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and are two and a half times more likely to become abusers of alcohol than those who begin drinking at age 21.2 In 2007, 62,461 youth 12- 20 years old were admitted for alcohol treatment in the United States, accounting for 9% of all treatment admissions for alcohol abuse in the country.3
1 Produced by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), November 2009.
2 Grant, B.F., & Dawson, D.A. (1997). Age at onset of alcohol use and its association with DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence: Results from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey. Journal of Substance Abuse 9: 103-110.
3 Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). (2007). Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance of Abuse, According to Sex, Age, Race, and Ethnicity. Available [On-line]: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/yrbss.