More than 2 million young adults will soon begin their first year of college. Right now, students and their families are busy packing dorm supplies, reading course catalogs, and otherwise preparing to send a young adult off to college. But what else should families do to ensure that their loved one actually succeeds in college? One answer is to talk with them about avoiding underage drinking during college.
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Did you know that the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks in June and July? Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink. Also, young people report that alcohol is easy to obtain, and new forms of alcohol distribution, like online ordering, present new challenges to underage drinking prevention. That’s why it’s especially important that parents start – or continue – the conversation about underage drinking during the summer months.
Did you know that more than 43 million adults in our country struggled with mental illness in the past year? Half of us will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in our lives; one quarter by the age of 14. And more than 20 million adults have an alcohol or drug abuse problem.
The holidays are a time for fun and celebration, but, unfortunately, also a time of risk for young people. On an average December day, more than 11,000 young people, aged 12 to 17, will use alcohol for the first time. Some of these young adults will not make it to the new year, as nearly 400 young people under age 21 die from alcohol-related causes every month.