National drug and alcohol facts week: Alcohol

National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Facts Week is an annual program to help educate a segment of our population most susceptible to developing drug and alcohol abuse disorders – adolescents. The program, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), helps to bring facts from robust and vetted resources to help raise awareness and debunk myths, all in an effort to spread awareness to teens, educators, and families alike.

According to the latest data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 623,000 adolescents ages 12-17 suffer from an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Many factors contribute to why someone younger than the legal age may drink, yet this decision puts their immediate health at risk and potentially opens the door to long-term consequences.