• 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.[1]     
  • 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).


[1] 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.  

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