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Underage Drinking in NC

In 2012, an estimated 629,231 crimes including homicides, other violent crimes, property crimes, and public order crimes were attributable to underage drinking.
During 2012, an estimated 36 traffic fatalities and 1,487 nonfatal traffic injuries were attributable to driving after underage drinking.
In 2011, an estimated 9 alcohol-involved fatal burns, drownings, and suicides were attributable to underage drinking.
Underage drinking cost citizens $1.3 billion in 2013.
In 2012, underage customers consumed 9.0% of all alcohol sold in NC, totaling $314 million in sales. These sales provided profits of $154 million to the alcohol industry.

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…What’s the problem?…

We set out to find specific data about youth substance abuse in our western counties.  We found youth were bringing alcohol to school at higher rates than other counties across NC. We found the National Poisoning Data System reports that our 12-20 year olds had elevated rates of alcohol poisoning. NC Department of Public Health shows higher rates of Emergency Room visits for our 12-25 year olds. Our youth are using alcohol at higher rates and that they are drinking heavily.


Secure Your Alcohol Talk To Youth About Alcohol Don’t Provide Alcohol To Minors
Additional Alcohol Resources WRAL Underage Drinking VideoVideo Credit WRAL Underage Drinking FAQ’s
Bryson City ABC Board Town of Sylva ABC Board Need Substance Abuse Treatment?
Contact: Vaya Health 800-849-6127