Despite its ubiquity, alcohol can be a dangerous drug, especially for teens. Due to their developing brains, teens are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol than adults and are more likely to develop a habit when drinking at an earlier age.
Through pattern use, alcohol can trigger a physical and psychological condition defined as an alcohol use disorder. Frequent binge drinking, “problem drinking”, and even alcoholism is considered forms of alcohol use disorder, wherein the compulsive or recurring excessive consumption of alcohol begins to coincide with severe behavioral and physical symptoms.
According to the CDC, more than 11 percent of all alcohol in the US is consumed by those aged 12 to 20, and underage drinkers on average consume more drinks per occasion than adult drinkers.