Alcohol and Other Drugs: Party Guidelines and Social Hosting
Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among young people in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs. Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crimes, high-risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and the need for treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence. In fact, 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. Research shows that most youth initiate drinking during June and July.