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Alcohol Peer pressure

In many schools, groups of students are pledging to not drink until age 21. It's easier for young people to resist pressures when they have support of their peers.

• The pressure to use alcohol starts early. Thirty percent of 4th to 6th graders report feeling a lot of pressure from classmates to drink beer. 1

• Not everyone drinks. Sometimes it just seems like it. Seventy-six percent 12th graders have used alcohol. That means 24 percent, or one in four teens, has not used alcohol. 2

• More than 40 percent of those who start to drink before age 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some time in their lives.3

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1. The Weekly Reader National Survey on Drugs and Alcohol. 1995
2. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
3. Journal of Substance Abuse, 1997

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