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Did you know?

Approximately 2.3 million teens aged 12-17 are drinking each month in the United States. In fact, by senior year of high school, nearly half of students have drank alcohol. Not only are people underage drinking, but the majority of teens that are drinking are binge drinking. The perception of low risk of alcohol use is underage people leads to an increase in drinking, but as the binge drinking shows, it is not safe. The earlier people start drinking, the more underdeveloped their brain is which can lead to even riskier behavior.

New Jersey Alcohol-Impaired Driving VS. National Numbers

2016 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data New Jersey National
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 137 10,497
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities 22.8 28.0
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 6 1,031
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities 12.2 22.3

Think underage drinking is a right of passage?

Check out this PDF from the State of New Jersey that explains how underage drinking is costing us 1.6 billion dollars yearly.