Home  /  Teen Drinking  /  Statistics  /  NC Laws  /  Get Help  /  Tips for Teens  /  Other Driving Dangers  /  True Stories  /  Links  /  For Parents    Alcohol use remains extremely widespread among today’s teenagers.  Nearly three quarters of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than a third (37%) have done so by eighth grade. NIDA In 2008, 56.2% of current underage drinkers (ages 12-20) reported that their last use of alcohol occurred in someone else’s home; 29.6% reported that it occurred in their own home.  SAMHSA In 2008, an estimated 12.4% of persons ages 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year. The rate was highest among persons ages 21-25 (26.1%). SAMHSA, NHTSA SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions - http://www.sadd.org/stats.htm DWI Blog - http://www.aboutdwi.com/blog/teen-drunk-driving-statistics-in-us The leading cause of death for those ages 15-20 is a car accident.   Teenage drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision than their older more experienced driving counterparts, notes the CDC. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports twenty-three percent of teenage drivers in fatal car crashes possessed a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) level above the legal limit of .08 on the breathalyzer test. www.Buzzle.com - http://www.buzzle.com/articles/teenage-drunk-driving-statistics.html When observing the gender specific cases of drunk driving, it was found out that among teenagers aged between 15-20 years, males are ahead! In 2005, 12% of teenage female drivers were involved in fatal accidents. The figures doubled to 24% when it came to male teenagers who were involved in fatal crashes! Most of the drunk drivers, especially teenagers, do not wear seat belts while driving! Of all the teenage drivers who were killed in crashes due to drinking, 74% were in uncontrolled situations, as per a national survey conducted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration These are just a very few of the statistics that are very troubling. Don’t become a statistic. Victims of drunk driving crashes, both the innocent and the offender, would love to take it all back. They would give anything to be able to rewind time and do it all over differently. You have the chance to get it right. Make the right choice. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.