Sarah Ford | March 4, 2014

Underage Drinking is Not Only a Problem for Youth; It’s an Adult Problem Too

Underage Drinking is Not Only a Problem for Youth; It’s an Adult Problem TooSource: MADD

Teen alcohol use kills approximately 4,700 people each year – more than all illegal drugs combined. Underage drinking is not only a problem for our youth; it’s an adult problem too. More than half of teens who drink are getting their alcohol from adults.

The TODAY Show tested this in a segment featuring MADD National President Jan Withers, whose daughter Alisa was killed in a drunk driving crash caused by an underage drunk driver.  The show set up a hidden camera experiment and filmed two actors waiting outside of a liquor store pretending to be underage approach nearly two dozen customers to purchase alcohol for them. The results were surprising.

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