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April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationally recognized event designed to draw attention to the dangers of alcohol. Alcohol is so ubiquitous in our culture that many people do not recognize the dangers it poses, especially to the young.

Did you know that according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD):

  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading causes of crime among youth.
  • Alcohol and drugs are the leading factors in teenage suicide.
  • More than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

Young people develop dependence to alcohol for many of the same reasons as adults. They may drink as a coping strategy, to numb themselves to familial stresses or anxiety. Some turn to alcohol to deal with problems with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issue, as well.

Peer pressure can also be a major driver, convincing young people that they must drink to be accepted. This problem is compounded when young people find themselves in new social situations that cause them to lose confidence in themselves.

Research shows that kids who learn about the dangers of underage drinking from their parents are up to 50% less likely to experiment than kids who don’t. According to NCADD, the longer adolescents can delay first-time drinking and drug use, the more likely they are to be free of substance use disorder as they enter adulthood.

Sobering facts:

  • Young adults in New Hampshire have higher rates of alcohol and drug when compared with young adults nationally. 1
  • Eighteen percent of students in New Hampshire in grades 9 through 12 say they had five or more drinks in a row within a couple of hours on one or more of the past 30 days. 2
  • Thirty-eight percent of New Hampshire young adults aged 18 to 25 say that people in their families have had alcohol problems. 3
  • Almost 11 percent of New Hampshire high school students drank alcohol before the age of 13 and 29.9 percent currently drink. In fact, 42.3 percent of high school students were given alcohol by someone else! 4
  • Nationally, the rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent). 5
  • Intoxicated drivers aged 16 to 24 also accounted for nearly 19.20 percent of all fatal drunken driving deaths in 2015. 6
  • Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds. 7

Go to DrugfreeNH.org to read more about Alcohol Awareness Month.

Learn The Facts And Get Help


Works Cited

  1. Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National survey on Drug Use and Health. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
  2. Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids’ Count retrieved from: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/4939-students-who-had-five-or-more-drinks-of-alcohol-in-a-row-on-one-or-more-of-the-past-30-days?loc=31&loct=2#detailed/2/any/false/36/any/11335
  3. Voice of NH Youth. Retrieved from: http://tinyurl.com/hy9meny
  4. 2015 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Retrieved from: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2016/02042016youthrisk.htm
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.” September 2011
  6. Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Data. Retrieved from: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812363
  7. Leading Causes of Death Reports, National and Regional, 1999 – 2015. Retrieved from: http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10_us.html

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