or what seems like an eternity, young people have been told to sow their wild oats in high school or college because after graduation, it’s on to adulthood and there are consequences for bad behavior.

Things are different now, and poor choices in high school and college can absolutely impact a young person’s future in powerful ways.

A 2016 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration study shows that 7.3 million young people under the age of 21 drank in the last month. Underage drinking is associated with a number of negative consequences such as: using drugs, getting bad grades, poor health, engaging in risky sexual behavior, making bad decisions and even suffering injury or death.

BY THE NUMBERS:

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that:

» 30 percent of high school students drank in the last 30 days.

»14 percent binge-drank in the last 30 days.

» 6 percent drove after drinking alcohol, and 17 percent rode with someone who had been drinking in the last 30 days.

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