On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers. In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.
As parents and caring adults there are actions that we can take in the fight against underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. Simply talking to your loved ones can be the most important step that you can take to help them to make the right decision to not abuse these substances.
Although young people may not reveal it to you, they often look to adults to model their behavior after. This is why we, as caring adults, have to be role models to them, so they have an acceptable standard to follow.