Facts on Drinking

Girls ARE Drinking and Their Moms Are Underestimating How Much

FACT: An estimated 8.4 million 12-20 year old girls report consuming alcohol in the past year (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009).

FACT: Research shows that about 39 percent of 9th grade girls—usually about 14 years old—report drinking in the past month. Even more alarming is the fact that about 21 percent of these same young girls report having had five or more drinks on a single occasion during the previous month. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2005).

FACT: Girls and boys ages 12-17 equally report being a current drinker (at least one drink in the past month); 15% of girls ages 12-17 report drinking at least once in the past month. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009).

FACT: 16% of 13-15 year old girls say they drink with friends, only 5% of their mothers think their daughters are drinking (The Century Council and Teenage Research Unlimited, 2005).

FACT: 30% of 16-18 year olds girls say they drink with friends, only 9% of their mothers think their daughters are drinking (The Century Council and Teenage Research Unlimited, 2005).

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