Underage Drinking Linked to 189,000 Emergency Room Visits

Underage drinking continues to be a major issue in the United States that affects thousands of teens and young adults.

The average age of initial drinking is 12.5 years old.

Alcohol is linked to approximately 189,000 visits to the emergency room by people under the age of 21.

Excessive drinking kills more than 4,300 underage youth, a year.

Police say underage drinking is a constant problem among teens and young adults.

That could lead to trouble with the law.

“It’s the misconception that you have to be drinking to have fun… Someone between 17-21 can be arrested. If they are driving, they can be charged with DWI. Under 17, they do get a fine for minor possession or minor intoxication.”

Another factor to consider is teen health.