Most Teens Who Drink Get Free Alcohol

By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: Feb 17, 2021

Most Teens Who Drink Get Free Alcohol - New study. Most teens between the ages of 12 and 14 who drink get their free alcohol from their family. It’s a chilling new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

An estimated 709,000 teens in the United States of these ages, which is about 5.9 percent, drink alcohol from home. The report is based on data from 2006 through 2009. In addition, about most of the 93.4 percent of these kids said they got it for free.

“People who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely than those who start at age 21 and older to develop alcohol problems,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde. “Parents and other adults need to be aware that providing alcohol to children can expose them to an increased risk for alcohol abuse and set them on a path with increased potential for addiction,” Hyde said.

About 44.8 percent of kids who said they got it from a family member or in their home, 19.6 percent got it from another underage person, 13.5 percent got it from an unrelated adult, and 6.8 percent got it from someone else’s home. Overall, about 111,000 kids said they got it from a parent or guardian. The estimates are based on the responses of more than 44,000 adolescents, SAMSHA said.


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