Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Alcohol and drug use by children and teens have many serious consequences for health, learning, and academic performance. Substance use can cause chronic health problems, depression, sexual problems, seizures, even death. Students who regularly use alcohol or other drugs are up to five times more likely to skip school. Marijuana users get lower grades and are less likely to graduate. Alcohol is involved in 35% of teen driver fatalities and 40% of drownings. Substance use is also associated with risks for violence, sexual activity, and unintended pregnancy.