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TOWN HALL MEETING ON UNDERAGE DRINKING

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If you are a parent, a grandparent or you ever will be,
you should attend this Town Hall.
This event is FREE and open to everyone!
Please RSVP by email to therd@texas-city-tx.org
The Texas City Police Department and BACODA are
hosting a Town Hall on Underage Drinking on Tuesday,
May 22 from 6pm to 8pm! This event features a
dynamic line-up of speakers and is sure to be very
informative regarding the impact of underage drinking
on youth, families, and our communities.
Underage drinking is a serious public health problem
in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely
used substance of abuse among America’s youth,
and drinking by young people poses enormous
health and safety risks.
The consequences of underage drinking can affect
everyone—regardless of age or drinking status. We
all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property
damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can
result from underage drinking. This is not simply a
problem for some families—it is a nationwide concern.
Many young people drink alcohol
•By age 15, about 33 percent of teens have had at
least 1 drink
•By age 18, about 60 percent of teens have had at
least 1 drink.
•In 2015, 7.7 million young people ages 12–20 reported
that they drank alcohol beyond “just a few
sips” in the past month
Youth ages 12 to 20 often binge drink
People ages 12 through 20 drink 11 percent of all
alcohol consumed in the United States. Although
youth drink less often than adults do, when they do
drink, they drink more. That is because young people
consume more than 90 percent of their alcohol by
binge drinking. Binge drinking is consuming many
drinks on an occasion (see box). Drinking alcohol
and binge drinking become more prevalent as young
people get older.
•5.1 million young people reported binge drinking
(for males 5 or more drinks and for females 4 or more
drinks on the same occasion within a few hours) at
least once in the past month.
•1.3 million young people reported binge drinking
on 5 or more days over the past
As adolescents get older, they tend to drink more.
Prevalence of drinking by boys and girls is similar,
although among older adolescents, boys binge more
than girls
Based on data from 2006–2010, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates
that, on average, alcohol is a factor in the deaths of
4,358 young people under age 21 each year. This
includes:
•1,580 deaths from motor vehicle crashes
•1,269 from homicides
•245 from alcohol poisoning, falls, burns, and
drowning
•492 from suicides
Causes many injuries – Drinking alcohol can
cause kids to have accidents and get hurt. In 2011
alone, about 188,000 people under age 21 visited an
emergency room for alcohol-related injuries.
Impairs judgment – Drinking can lead to poor decisions
about engaging in risky behavior, including
drinking and driving, sexual activity (such as unprotected
sex), and aggressive or violent behavior.
Increases the risk of physical and sexual assault
– Underage youth who drink are more likely to
carry out or be the victim of a physical or sexual assault
after drinking than others their age who do not
drink.
Can lead to other problems – Drinking may cause
youth to have trouble in school or with the law. Drinking
alcohol also is associated with the use of other
drugs.
Increases the risk of alcohol problems later in
life – Research shows that people who start drinking
before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to meet
the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in
their lives.
Interferes with brain development – Research
shows that young people’s brains keep developing
well into their 20s. Alcohol can alter this development,
potentially affecting both brain structure and
function. This may cause cognitive or learning problems
and/or make the brain more prone to alcohol
dependence. This is especially a risk when people
start drinking young and drink heavily.
Come spend an evening and learn about the warning
signs and effects of alcohol on young bodies and
minds.

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