The Facts

Parents Make a Difference

Creating a safe environment for children and teens to thrive is the responsibility of all Texans, but parents play a special role in standing up for and with our youth.

As a prime influence on a child’s life, it’s important for parents to know about the harms of underage alcohol use. Knowing the facts helps parents make decisions that protect their children.

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The Facts

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among Texas youth. While some people may view underage drinking as a harmless rite of passage, there are actually many serious consequences associated with underage alcohol use.

  • Youth who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to have issues with alcohol dependence or abuse as adults.
  • Underage drinking increases the risk of physical and sexual assault.
  • Alcohol use is a key contributing factor to teenage suicide.
  • Underage drinking can affect brain development in a way that has life-long effects.
  • 1 in 5 teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes has alcohol in their system.

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