4 Facts About Underage Drinking and School Health

4 Facts About Underage Drinking and School Health

These 4 Facts About Underage Drinking and School Health may surprise you but this is information every parent and school employee as well as administrators should know. This information includes students on campus.



There was a time when parents could send their children to school and feel safe. For those hours in school, it was assumed you didn’t have to worry.  Times have changed not only has violence in an extreme way has reached our youth in school, but the behaviors of our children and young adults have put them at risk.  The following is a list of facts you may or may not know regarding how healthy the school environment is or isn’t for our children. 

Underage Drinking in School

The under age 21 group has a serious drinking problem.  Students drink secretly at home, skip school to drink, and peer pressure is just as strong as it was when we were children but more evident and in your face due to technology.  Gone are the days where our children are free from exposure in a home that is supposedly a safe environment.  

We hear a lot about our youth smoking marijuana and using designer drugs. Did you know that alcohol is the most used and abused substance by our young folk?  Alcohol is more of a problem for young people than tobacco use and illicit drugs. 

When I worked at a substance abuse residential facility for adolescents the treatment team and security put a lot of effort into making sure drugs did not enter the building. Even though some of our youth had a jailhouse mentality from having spent much of their lives in mandated juvenile facilities it never crossed our mind that hooch would be a problem in the program. (hooch man made alcohol) 

Using fruit, yeast, and sugar obtained from the kitchen that the adolescents worked in hooch was being made on every dorm floor.  Adolescents can keep a secret! Not only were they making it they were selling it to other residents. 

So you may think because of the underage drinking laws young people won’t have easy access to alcohol but that is far from true.  Their supply is in the homes they live in, friends home, and people will buy it for them because they want to be cool or get paid to do so.  Then there are the young adults who are of age to purchase alcohol.  Lack of control and the campus party spirit and hazing parties incidents do happen.

Check out these facts:

  • Close to 2,000 students between the age of 18-24 dies each year due to alcohol-related injuries that include car accidents. 
  • Close to 700,000 students between the age of 18-24 have been assaulted by a peer who was under the influence of alcohol.
  • Close to 100,000 students have been victims of alcohol-related sexual assault and rape. 
  • Close to 600,00 students between age 18-24 are injured unintentionally due to alcohol related incidents

What can parents and our schools do?

  1. Officially ban the sale of alcohol on campus. Every talks about use address the selling and hold people accountable
  2. Have available more activities for our students at all age levels in school
  3. We need preventive programs in the school
  4. Education for the students, teachers and parents
  5. Don’t just forbid children from drinking share the negative consequences short and long term. 
  6. For our young adults who are of age to legally drink alcohol discuss the responsibilities the come with alcohol use. 
  7. Discuss the relation between alcohol use/abuse and failing relationships and declining grades.
  8. Follow your gut get outside help no secrets. 

I remember as a child my parents always told me, “we were young too we know what’s going on.”  To a point, parents do know a lot but the one thing parents forget is that as a child we also knew just how much our parents did not know.  That lack of knowledge could be fatal. 

The 4 Facts About Underage Drinking and School Health mentioned in this article is not all inclusive. As a parent, educator, community we need to research this issue to teach ourselves and pass the information down to our youth.  Take the information you have learned and brainstorm interventions and how to implement the suggestions listed above.  Our young people’s lives depend on it. 

Are there discussions about alcoholic use in the schools in your community?

Can you add to the suggestions regarding how we can address this issue?

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Lydia Brown




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15 thoughts on “4 Facts About Underage Drinking and School Health

  • January 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Great article Lydia. I remember in 8th grade my girlfriends older brothers having moonshine and homemade wine in the basement that they made. My friend ended up drinking alot and had other issues too. Yes, alcohol is a problem.
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    • February 4, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you Paula for your comment. Yes alcohol is a huge problem for many!

  • November 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I have Some Concept Problem But After Reading Your Post My concept Got Crystal Clear. Thanks For Sharing

  • October 21, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Lydia

    This topic is so important and it is surprising that young people can create alcohol out of fruits. It just goes to show how powerful technology has become in our world. As you shared, ignorance isn’t an excuse anymore for the parent or school employer. There is need to teach young people to stay away form alcohol and drugs.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care
    ikechi recently posted…4 Crazy Things You don’t Know When You Waste Your LifeMy Profile

    • October 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Help spread the word Ikechi we owe it to your youth. Thanks for stopping by.

  • October 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Lydia, this topic, and so many that you present within your space on the web, are so very important. You make several important points and I believe that the most important is that we must educate ourselves so that we can also educate our youth. We need to do this for the kids!
    Dr. Elise Cohen Ho recently posted…Is Daddy Your Super Hero?My Profile

    • October 16, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Dr. Ho, thank you for your return visit. Your support is important! You said it all, “we need to do this for our kids!”

  • October 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Wow who knew it was such a problem.

    I have to say that I believe the French and europeans have a much better way of dealing with this problem.

    The puritanical way of prohibition seems to make the problem worse, after all youth are rebelling, so the more they are told they can’t the more they think there must be something adults are hiding from them. In Europe where it is considered proper to have wine with a meal and to know what wine w goes without what type of meal is an accomplishment, that signals they are growing up. To be acknowledged for growing up is something they desperately seek.

    We’ve been trying prohibition for a long time to no avail, I think it is time to try another way.

    To Great Success

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    • October 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Mary, prohibition just like the war on drugs has been a huge joke. I love the way the European’s make drinking a learning experience vs a don’t you dare do that experience. Thank you for your comment

  • October 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Hello Lydia, Well written post my friend! Yikes when I was in high school the drinking age was 18, so I it was actually legal for me to drink while i was in high school..

    Crazy Right? Yes I did take advantage of this to HEHE

    Great share!
    Chery :))

    • October 16, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Chery, thanks for visiting again. Your comments are always appreciated.


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