Summer vacation for teens should be a time of fun and relaxation, summer camps and first jobs, volunteering and exploring. Unfortunately, for some, unsupervised time leads to alcohol and drug use.
July is the month when more young people start using alcohol and other substances than any other. On average in July, someone under age 18 begins:
- Drinking alcohol every eight seconds
- Smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds
- Using marijuana every 19 seconds
- Using inhalants every 47 seconds
This doesn’t even count the 18, 19 and 20 year olds who begin drinking during the month.
That’s the bad news; now the good news. If you are a teen, you should know that even though the risks are highest during the summer, most teens don’t drink. Less than 30 percent of teens have had a drink in the past month. A growing number of teens have decided to be an example for others through the Power of You(th) program.
Teens, click here to get our free teen booklet to learn how to take a stand against underage drinking.
If you are a parent, now’s the perfect time to start or renew the conversation with your teen about alcohol. You can learn how to have the conversation about alcohol effectively with our free Power of Parents handbook at www.madd.org/powerofparents.
Number of Adolescents Younger than 18 Using Alcohol for the First Time on an Average Day, by Month: 2002 to 2010