(13 News at 4) - A new report on the state of underage drinking in Kansas reveals sobering statistics.
Michelle Voth, executive director of Kansas Family Partnership, facilitates the Kansas Leadership Council on Underage Drinking. She and Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas visited 13 News at 4 to discuss the numers.
Some key findings:
*13 – average age Kansas youth begin drinking alcohol
*15% of 10th graders “binged” on alcohol at least once in the last 30 days
*47% of high school seniors drinking at least once in the last month
*1 in 5 high school seniors think it's ok to drink alcohol regularly
*Cost of underage drinking in Kansas: $670 million or $582.38 per household
*State of Kansas spends 17.4% of its total state budget on the burdens of substance abuse and addiction
*Only .27% is spend on prevention, treatment and research
*1 in 4 in alcohol abuse treatment admissions are youth under 21
*24% of high school students, at least once in last 30 days, have ridden with a driver who has been drinking
*68 fatal crashes occurred in 2012 involved young people between ages 15-20; 25 of them were alcohol impaired.
*5,000 people under 21 in the U.S. die as a result of underage drinking, 1,900 of them in traffic crashes