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Teen Drug and Alcohol Statistics

Youth who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use any illicit drug, and 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink alcohol.

40% or those who started drinking at age 14 or younger later developed alcohol dependence, compared with 10% of those who began drinking at age 20 or older.

Although it is illegal to sell and distribute tobacco products to youth under age 18, most underage smokers are able to buy tobacco products.

Underage drinking costs the U.S. more than $58 billion every year- enough to buy every public school student a state-of-the-art computer.

In 2000, heavy drinking was reported by 5.6% or the population aged 12 and older. That is more than 12.6 million people.

Among 12th graders, Ecstasy use rose from 5.6% in 1999 to 8.2% in 2000. In 2000, even 8th graders showed increased rate in their use of Ecstasy.

28% or teens know a friend or classmate who has used Ecstasy, with 17% knowing more than one user.

Approximately 2.1 million youths age 12-17 had used inhalants at some time in their lives as of 2000. This is approximately 8.9% of youths.

By 8th grade, 52% of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 41% have smoked cigarettes, and 20% have used marijuana.

In 2000, more than 60% of teens said drugs were used, kept, or sold at their school.

Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among young people.

50% of high school seniors report drinking in the past 30 days.

Most people begin smoking as adolescents, and among youth who smoke, the average age of initiation is 12.

Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6-33. About 45% of these fatalities are in alcohol-related accidents.

Alcohol kills 6 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.