- Alcohol is the biggest drug problem facing youth
killing 6.5 times more young people than all other
illicit drugs combined.
- 1,400 college students die each year from alcohol-related
- 600,000 college students are assaulted each year
by another student who has been drinking.
- 500,000 college students are injured each year in
alcohol related incidents.
- 400,000 college students have unprotected sex -
100,000 were too intoxicated to know if they consented.
- 70,000 alcohol-related sexual assaults occur at
- 2,200 young people age 15-24 die each year in drunk
- 2.1 million college students acknowledge driving
under the influence of alcohol.
- 1 In 3 18-24 year olds admitted to emergency rooms
Facts About Alcohol Consumption
- A large majority of Americans either do not drink
or drink infrequently.
- Nevertheless, 44% of college students report
- A majority of those in every age group from 12 to
20 report not drinking in past month.
- Nevertheless, underage drinkers consume 12%
of the alcohol sold in the U.S.
- Underage drinking impairs brain development and
- The human brain does not mature til 21-24 -
Alcohol slows oxygen flow to the brain - Damage
is long term & irreversible.
- Adoloescent drinking could cause sever damage
in prefrontal area affecting personality &
- Moderate drinking impairs learning & memory
twice as much in youth.
- 4 times more likely to become alcoholic if drinking
begins at 15 instead of 21.
- Impairment, physical and judgement, begins with
- Coffee, showers and fresh air do not affect
sobriety. Time is key ingredient in getting sober.
On average, it takes approximately one hour to
remove one ounce of alcohol from system once it
hits the liver.
The Law In Virginia
- It is illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase or
possess (or attempt to purchase or possess)
- Penalties include up to 1-year drivers license
revocation & $500 fine.
- Ingested alcohol is considered possessed in
- It is Illegal to purchase for anyone under 21.
- It is Illegal to use or attempt to use a fake ID
or another's ID to purchase or attempt to purchase
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February 1, 2016