Youth Alcohol Use: Get the Facts

911 Lifeline Legislation | Youth use of alcohol in New Jersey is a pervasive and critical public health problem. Minors faced with a medical emergency stemming from excessive drinking often hesitate to call for help, either because of uncertainty or fear of facing legal charges related to alcohol use and/or possession. Lifeline legislation encourages young people to call for help in the event of an alcohol medical emergency.
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Youth Alcohol Use on Private Property | Do you serve alcohol to minor children? Are you better off having a teen party at your house where you can monitor behavior? How do you stop other parents from allowing your children to drink alcohol at their home? There are statutes, ordinances, and cases that try to establish parameters for behavior by minors relative to their use of alcohol on private property.
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Youth Alcohol: Keg Registration | Beer kegs remain one of the most common sources of alcohol at teenage parties. Parents, other adults - older siblings or friends - will supply kegs for underage drinkers, believing there is no way for police to trace the keg to them. Providing adolescents with beer barrels puts them at great risk because of excessive drinking, including binging, that often takes place at keg parties. There is a way to help stop the free-flowing keg beer that causes so much harm to youth: keg registration.
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Alcohol - Youth's #1 drug of choice!

  • 12.4% of NJ's 7th graders used alcohol in the past 30 days.
  •  23.6% of NJ's 8th graders used alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • 39% of NJ's 7th and 8th graders have used alcohol sometime in their lifetime.
  • Of NJ’s 7th graders who used alcohol, they reported first use at age 11.3. 8th graders at 12.
  • 12.7% of NJ’s 7th and 8th graders used alcohol before age 11 and 20.1% of NJ's high school students used alcohol before age 13.
  • About 4 in 5 (79.1 percent) of NJ's High School students have used alcohol sometime in their lifetime and nearly one-half (46.5 percent) used alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • 17.6% of New Jersey's 9th graders, 18% of 10th graders, 34% of 11th graders report having consumed five or more drinks in a row in the past 30 days.
  • A large majority of 8th graders (62 percent), 10th graders (83 percent) and 12th graders (92 percent) say that it is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get alcohol.
  • 27.3% of NJ’s middle school students rode in a car driven by someone who had been drinking.
  • 27.5% of NJ’s high school students rode in a car driven by someone who had been drinking one or more times during the past 30 days.
  • 16.6% of NJ’s 12th graders drove a car when they had been drinking alcohol during the past 30 days.
  • Only 38.2% of high school students think people are at great risk of harming themselves if they have 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks almost every day.
  • Only 34.4% of high school students think people are at great risk of harming themselves if they have 5 or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice each weekend.

Consequences of Use

  • In 2000, 30 percent of 15-20 year old drivers who were killed in car crashes had been drinking. 21 percent in this group were legally intoxicated.
  • 27.9% of NJ's 7th and 8th graders who used alcohol in the past 30 days got F's.
  • 28 percent of suicides ages 9-15 can be attributed to alcohol.
  • 39 percent of high school boys said it was acceptable to force sex with a girl who was drunk or high.
  • Almost 12 percent of adolescent drinkers (about 1.2 million 7th-12th graders) engage in alcohol-related physical fighting.
  • Those who start drinking before age 14 are eleven times more likely to have ever been in a fight while drinking or after drinking than adults who began drinking after the age of 21.
  • Those who start drinking before age 14 are twelve times more likely to be injured while under the influence of alcohol sometime in their life.
  • More than 40 percent of individuals who begin drinking before age 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency at some point in their lives.

    Statistics last updated 07/15/08

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