Though progress is being made, underage drinking remains a persistent problem. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9.3 million Americans between ages 12-20 report current alcohol consumption; this represents 24% of this age group for whom alcohol consumption is illegal. Among 12-20 year olds, reported rates of past month consumption, binge drinking and heavy alcohol all declined between 2002 and 2012.

We keep up-to-date underage drinking statistics and research, and survey youth and adults to better understand the attitudes and perceptions concerning this issue. These data, in turn, become the foundation of our underage drinking prevention programs.


College Drinking - Alcohol consumption among college students remains a persistent problem.

Consequences of Underage Drinking - Nine out of ten (90%) American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.

Gender Differences in Alcohol Use - Nearly 7.82 million 12-20 year old girls reported consuming alcohol in the past year.

Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America - Research into the psychological and sociological factors that affect adolescents as they make decisions regarding alcohol-related behaviors.

Underage Alcohol Consumption - Since the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health past month consumption has dropped almost 9% proportionately, binge drinking down 12%, and heavy alcohol use down 17%.

We Don't Serve Teens - 96% of adults and parents surveyed do not believe it is acceptable for parents or other adults to provide beverage alcohol to underage youth.

What Youth Say About Alcohol - When asked why today’s youth drink alcohol, 51% report neither they nor their friends drink.

Young Drivers and Alcohol - Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year olds.

How Alcohol Affects Your Body - Alcohol can alter sleep patterns, basic motor function, and thoughts and emotions. Additionally, memory problems are fairly common among adolescents who consume alcohol.