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Are you familiar with these underage drinking statistics?

In today's age, more underage individuals than ever before are drinking alcohol. While this doesn't seem like a big deal to the people who are breaking the law, they will realize one day that it was a big mistake.

There are many problems with underage drinking, including the fact that it is dangerous to the people taking part in such activity. Also, when this is combined with driving, it puts many others at risk of injury or death.

Here are a few underage drinking statistics, shared by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, that will help you better understand the seriousness of this problem:

-- One out of every six teenagers binge drinks, however, only one percent of parents believe their teen is doing so.

-- Teen alcohol use is responsible for approximately 4,700 deaths every year. This is more than all illegal drugs combined.

-- Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, with approximately 25 percent of crashes involving at least one underage drunk driver.

-- Children who start drinking at a young age are seven times more likely to be involved in an alcohol related accident in the future.

These underage drinking statistics prove that this problem remains in the United States. Even though parents, schools, and legal authorities are doing their best to curb the issue, children continue to get involved with alcohol at a young age.

In the worst of situations, an underage drinker gets behind the wheel of a vehicle and causes an accident that results in injury or death.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "Underage Drinking Statistics," accessed Jan. 14, 2016

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