Although drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States, with more than 90% of this consumed in the form of binge drinks.
On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers.
In 2013, there were about 119,000 emergency rooms visits by persons aged 12 to 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.
The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that, among high school students, during the past 30 days:
• 30% drank some amount of alcohol.
• 14% binge drank.
• 6% drove after drinking alcohol.
• 7% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
In 2017, the Monitoring the Future Survey reported that 8% of eighth-graders and 33% of 12th-graders drank during the past 30 days, and 2% of eighth-graders and 19% of 12th-graders binge drank during the past 30 days.