Parent's Resource Center

Teenage Drinking

How many teenagers are affected by alcohol?

Alcohol use among young people has become a significant health problem. Teenagers are drinking more alcohol more often than ever before. Approximately 92% of high school seniors admit to having tried alcohol and many of them took their first drink by the age of 12. Each year, more than 10,000 people ages 16 to 25 die as the result of alcohol use and half of these deaths result from crashes caused by alcohol impaired driving. Many young people do not realize that they can become dependent on alcohol and that alcohol can harm their body and cause psychological and other problems.

What are the warning signs of alcohol dependency?

To check your own drinking habits, answer the following questions:

  • Do you ever drive when impaired by alcohol?
  • Do you drink to forget your problems or to relax?
  • Do you drink alone?
  • Are your school grades slipping?
  • Do you ever try to drink less and fail?
  • Have you ever had a drink in the morning?
  • Do you ever experience memory losses?
  • Have you begun to lie to your family and friends?
  • Do you gulp your drinks instead of sipping them?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a drinking problem. Talk with someone you know, seek professional assistance, or see your school counselor for help.

How can I get help if I think I have a drinking problem?

If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, seek assistance. For those with mild to moderate alcohol problems, call the University of Michigan DrinkWise program at (734) 975-4463. For those with severe alcohol problems, call the University of Michigan Chelsea Arbor Treatment Center, please call (734) 930-0201.