- Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and are two and a half times more likely to become abusers of alcohol than those who begin drinking at age 21.
- In 2010, almost half of the Hawaii Alcohol and Drug Abuse treatment admissions were teens under the age of 17 years old.
- Nationally, although teen birth rates have been falling for the last two decades, more than 365,000 teens, ages 15–19, gave birth in 2010.
- Teen pregnancy and childbearing can carry high health, emotional, social, and financial costs for both teen mothers and their children.
- Teen mothers want to do their best for their own health and that of their child, but some can become overwhelmed by life as a parent.
- Having more than one child as a teen can limit the teen mother’s ability to finish her education or get a job.
- Infants born from a repeat teen birth are often born too small or too soon, which can lead to more health problems for the baby.
- In Hawaii, 15-19% of teen births were repeat births (2010).
- YOUTH SCREENING FOR ALCOHOL USE
- TEACHERS’ CURRICULUM
- THE COOL SPOT (INFO FOR YOUTH)
- REPEAT TEEN PREGNANCIES
- CDC VITAL SIGNS, BINGE DRINKING WOMEN AND GIRLS
 Grant, B.F., & Dawson, D.A. (1997). Age at onset of alcohol use and its association with DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence: Results from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey. Journal of Substance Abuse 9: 103-110.