What can teenagers do to help someone who has a drinking problem? Be a real friend. You might even save a life.Encourage your friend to stop or seek professional help.
Each year, drinking by college students, ages 18-24, contributes to an estimated 1,700 student deaths, almost 600,000 injuries, almost 700,000 assaults, more than 90,000 sexual assaults, and 474,000 engaging in unprotected sex. In 2001, 2.8 million college students drove a car while under the influence of alcohol. (Hingson et al, 2005)
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