For most high school students, turning the calendar over into October means one thing...HOMECOMING!

This one week can be a very special memory for you as you participate in float-building activities, pep rallies, parades, sporting events and of course, the big dance. So, have a good time, enjoy the activities, but BE CAREFUL. According to statistics and reports on underage drinking, homecoming (along with prom and graduation) can be deadly.

General Statistics
(According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

• There are about 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States.
• Three-fourths of 12th grade students, more than two-thirds of 10th grade students, and about two in five 8th grade students consume alcohol.
• Nearly half (45%) of 12th graders have used alcohol in the past month, which is more than cigarettes and marijuana combined.
• 29% of 12th grade students, 22% of 10th grade students, and 11% of 8th grade students have engaged in binge drinking.
• Although 60% of teens aged 15 and 16 reported drinking within a 12 month period, only 31% of their parents believed that their child drank during that time period.
• From age 13 to 21, the percentage of people who report binge drinking increases from an estimated 1% to 50%.
• Most of the criminal charges in alcohol poisoning death cases were against those who obtained alcohol for underage drinkers.

Car-Related Statistics:
• About 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year as a result of underage drinking, 1,900 of those deaths are from auto accidents. • About one in three high school students has been a passenger in a car driven by someone who had consumed alcohol.
• Alcohol is involved in 31% of teenage care accident fatalities.
• There is a much better chance that an individual will drink and drive if they had their first drink prior to age 19.
• The average blood-alcohol level of intoxicated underage car accident victims was 0.40 percent, five times the legal limit for driving.
• Compared to every other age group, young people age 15-20 years old are more often involved in alcohol-related car accidents.

 "Drunk Driving Accidents." Edgar Snyder. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Sep 2011 .