Alcohol refers to any alcoholic beverage and it becomes legal for purchase at age 21.
- Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States.
- Youth who start drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after 21 years.
- Binge drinking health problems include injuries (car crashes, falls, violence), alcohol poising, and sexual activity.
- Alcohol reaches the brain in 1 to 6 minutes after entering the human body.
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- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4927. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, March). Fact Sheets – Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age. Retrieved July 28, 2016.