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Alcohol use starts young and increases with age. The percentages of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who admitted drinking alcohol in the 30-day period prior to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey were approximately 10 percent, 22 percent, and 35 percent respectively.

Those who start drinking at a young age are more likely to have alcohol problems as adults. That’s why it’s important to start talking early and keep talking about underage drinking.

Nearly 90 percent of 12th graders say that it is fairly easy or very easy for them to get alcohol. In most cases, an adult is buying the alcohol for them, selling it to them, or condoning its use in some way.

Your opinion about underage drinking matters—a lot! Teens say they rely on adults more than anyone else to help them make tough decisions and to provide good advice.

Underage drinking kills more youth than all illegal drugs combined. On average, alcohol is a factor in the deaths of approximately 4,300 young people under age 21 in the United States.