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  • Four of ten (42.1%) of our Taos County high school kids are drinking.

  • Almost one in five (18.8%) of our middle school kids is drinking, about double the state rate. 

  • How do they get it? Adults and older teens are giving it to them, setting them up for future problems with alcohol.

  • Four of ten (40%) kids who drink before the age of 15 will develop Alcohol Use Disorder in their lifetime.

  • The human brain is not fully developed until age 25. 

  • Teens who delay using alcohol beyond age 15 experience fewer problems with alcohol as they age.


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1.NM YRRS, NM Dept of Health March 2021

2.NIAAA, Age of Drinking Onset Predicts Future Alcohol Abuse and Dependence 1998

3.Pfefferbaum, A.; Kwon, D.; Brumback, T.; et al. Altered brain developmental trajectories in            adolescents after initiating drinking. 

    American Journal of Psychiatry 175(4):370–380, 2018. PMID: 29084454

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