(HealthDay News) -- The legal drinking age is 21 in the United States, and drinking before the legal age has its risks.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these examples:
- Having social trouble at school and in relationships.
- Having problems with the legal system, such as when driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Having physical problems such as a hangover. Also, drinking may increase risks of suicide or homicide.
- Making poor choices about sexual activity.
- Being at increased risk of alcohol-related injury, from a car crash to drowning.
- Being at increased risk of drug use and alcohol-related death.