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Linn Facts: Holiday Gatherings May Increase the Availability of Alcohol for Youth

Nationally, more youth initiate alcohol use in December than in any other month. On an average day in December, more than 11,000 youth use alcohol for the first time; in other months, the daily average ranges from about 5,000 to 8,000 new users per day. In December, festive celebrations during the holidays may increase the amount of alcohol available in the home. Increased availability, combined with busy holiday schedules, may contribute to easier access of alcohol among teens on winter break. See full report

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