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Alcohol is the most widely abused drug among youth nationwide (Center for Disease Control, Alcohol and Public Health). Alcohol is an addictive and mind altering substance that is legal and regulated. Unfortunately, the term regulated is loosely defined.

Efforts to stop youth access to alcohol

  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Compliance Checks
  • Server compliance trainings

Alcohol is a substance that leads to addiction in one out of four people. Addiction to alcohol occurs genetically and as a result of early initiation. Youth who began drinking before the age of 14 are four times more likely of becoming an alcoholic; before age 16, three times; and before 19 twice as likely.



  • 11% of the alcohol consumed in the United States  was by youth age 12-20 (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Drinking in America: Myths, Realities, and Prevention Policy, 2008)
  • 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey discovered the following (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2009)
    • 42% drank some amount of alcohol.
    • 24% binge drank.
    • 10% drove after drinking alcohol.
    • 28% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.

Local Statistics

  • 31% of youth reported they had their drink of alcohol (defined as more than a few sips) before they were 13 (Nevada Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Douglas County, 2009)
  • 45% of youth reported they have ever drank (Nevada Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Douglas County, 2009)