5,000 people under age 21 die each year from alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning, and other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning.
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DRINK ARE MORE LIKELY TO...
Be sexually active and to have unsafe, unprotected sex
Commit violent crimes
Be involved in a fight
Use other drugs
Fail at school
Experience verbal, physical, or sexual violence
Roughly four out of five college students drink alcohol, and of those, half binge drink, often to the point of blackouts.
Those who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to become alcoholics than those who begin after age 21.
Keep in mind
Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010.
2.5 MILLION YEARS
Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year.
23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12.
But in the midst of these sobering numbers, there is some good news:
The Fontaine Model is changing the outcomes of teenage and underage drinking by giving them the tools and training to consistently make better decisions around alcohol. The John Fontaine, Jr. Charity was established in 2016 to expand upon the successes of the Fontaine Model.