Download PDF This can lead to unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Many teens do not have the mental capacity to fully understand the consequences of drinking or even be aware of them.
Why do teens drink alcohol? Young people who believe alcohol makes them more social are more likely to drink heavily in order to fit in. Drinking among teenage girls has risen steadily in the past decade, with 45 percent of ninth grade girls binge drinking and a full 62 percent indulging by the 12th grade.