INFOGRAPHIC | Teen Drug & Alcohol Use at Prom: What Parents & Educators Must Know

Prom is a rite of passage for most teens. Unfortunately, it’s not all about first dances and corsages — these days, high schoolers are more focused on partying hard on prom night, and often drug and alcohol use plays a huge part in the night.

Check out these sobering facts about substance use at prom — and contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs for accurate, reliable, and confidential drug and alcohol testing.

Teen Drug Use at Prom

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Drug & Alcohol Use at Prom

Drinking & Driving

  • 90% of teenagers think there is a higher chance their peers will drink and drive on prom night (source)
  • Almost 1/3 alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur from April – June — prom season (source)
  • 22% of teens have ridden with an impaired driver or driven impaired because they didn’t want to call their parents (source)

Alcohol Consumption

  • 53% of students reported drinking 4 or more drinks on prom night (source)
  • Teens whose parents clearly state that underage drinking is totally unacceptable are 80% less likely to drink than other teens (source)

Drug Use

  • More than 2.3 million adolescents report current illicit drug use (source)
  • Approximately 1.8 million 12 to 17 year olds are current marijuana users (source)
  • 1.9% of 12 to 17 year olds have abused prescription pain relievers (source)
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