Underage drinking is linked to alcohol poisoning, injuries, homicides, and suicides. Teens who drink are more likely to be victims or perpetrators of sexual assault. The younger a person begins drinking the greater their likelihood of abusing or becoming dependent on alcohol as adults. Youth who drink before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence are two and a half times more likely to become abusers of alcohol than those who begin drinking at age 21.
Youth are influenced by a number of social factors, including their peers, their overall environment
and the media.
NYC residents can learn more about underage drinking from the resources listed below or the Partnership for a Healthier NYC. The Partnership’s goal is to significantly reduce chronic disease in New York City by supporting proven, community-level efforts, to change the environments in which we live. The Partnership for a Healthier New York City links community groups through borough coalitions and provides guidance on using methods that work to promote tobacco-free living, active living, and healthy eating and to reduce underage and excessive drinking.
Last Updated: April 15, 2013