Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in Sherburne County, Minnesota, and the United States.  Over 4,300 underage youth die each year in the U.S. due to alcohol. [1]

Percentage of teen alcohol use in    Sherburne County by grade:

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Youth who start consuming alcohol before the age of 15, compared to those who waited until they were 21 are: [2]

  • 4x as likely to become alcohol dependent

  • 6x more likely to abuse alcohol

  • 12x more likely to be unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol

  • 7x more likely to be in a motor vehicle crash after drinking

  • 10x more likely to have been in a physical fight after drinking



Consequences of Underage Drinking

Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience: [1]

  • School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades

  • Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities

  • Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk

  • Unwanted and unprotected sexual activity

  • Physical and sexual assault

  • Higher risk for suicide and homicide

  • Alcohol-related car crashes

  • Abuse of other drugs

  • Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects



Alcohol and Minnesota

In 2015: [3]

  • Of the 411 people who died in traffic crashes, 137 were alcohol-related 

  • 2,203 suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes

  • 25,027 were arrested for DWI (average of 69 DWIs per day)

  • 1,316 (5%) of the DWIs were issued to underage drivers

  • Average BAC for drivers with a DWI was .15

  • 1/7 licensed drivers in Minnesota has at least one DWI
























Source: Newport Academy
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