Underage & Binge Drinking



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed an infographic identifying seven warning signs for underage drinking.

The dangers of underage drinking








Adults drink more frequently than teens, but when teens drink they tend to drink larger quantities than adults. There is evidence to suggest that the adolescent brain responds to alcohol differently than the adult brain, perhaps helping to explain the elevated risk of binge drinking in youth. Drinking in adolescence, and intense drinking are both risk factors for later alcohol dependence. Findings on the developing brain should help clarify the role of the changing brain in youthful drinking, and the relationship between youth drinking and the risk of addiction later in life.
                               (source: National Institute of Mental Health, "The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction")