Stats & Facts
Alcohol consumed by minors is a critical problem across the country, Nebraska included. Consider the following:
- Alcohol is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes, nation-wide, involving drivers 15 to 20 years of age.
- Each year, more than 4,300 young people in this age group are killed in car crashes while under the influence of alcohol.
- Underage drinking costs Nebraskans $447-million dollars each year. That total includes costs associated with hospitalization, law enforcement, and funerals.
- 90-percent of sexual assaults on college campuses involve underage drinking by either the victim, the perpetrator, or both.
- 40-percent (70-percent) of alcohol consumed by underage drinkers is provided by adults (including parents).
- 22-percent of all alcohol consumed in Nebraska is by people under 21 years of age.
- One out of five automobile accidents in Nebraska is tied to drinking involving drivers under 21 years old.
- In Nebraska, high school girls are just as likely to drink as high school boys.
- Approximately one of five crimes, where alcohol is a factor, involve young people 18 years old or younger.
- The largest numbers of drunk drivers arrested in Nebraska are between 16 and 24 years old.
- Approximately 3 out of 4 high school students in Nebraska reported they have consumed alcohol.
- In Nebraska, 40-percent of high school seniors report binge drinking (4 or more drinks at a setting).