Underage and Binge Drinking
Challenges and Opportunities
Alcohol affects youth differently than adults. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has found a number of differences including:
- Although youth drink less frequently than adults, they tend to drink larger quantities
- The adolescent brain responds differently than adults, possibly leading to an elevated risk of binge drinking
- Drinking in adolescence, and intense drinking are both risk factors for later alcohol dependence
To learn more about binge drinking click on this link.
Social hosting, allowing someone who is underage to drink at home, is also a problem. The risks mentioned above do not decrease in these situations and it is illegal. Click on this link to learn more.
Responsible beverage service (RBS) training can help in reducing underage drinking and promotes responsible use of alcohol.