Underage drinking is a significant, but often overlooked problem. Research has proven that the younger a person begins drinking, the more likely they are to develop alcohol-related addiction before they even reach the legal drinking age.
Despite the high prevalence of and the problems associated with underage drinking, many adults do not realize the extent of the problem, or do not view underage drinking as harmful. Many still see alcohol use by teens as a “rite of passage,” and may even facilitate it. Challenging this culture of acceptance and encouraging a change in norms and values are the keys to preventing and reducing underage drinking.
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