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Survey: Over 700,000 Young Teens Drank Alcohol Last Month

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An estimated 709,000 young teenagers between the ages of 12 and 14 drank alcohol last month, according to a survey released Thursday.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that almost half of those who drank got the alcohol from their family or at home, indicating family members can play a direct and important role in reducing young adolescents' access to alcohol.

According to SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., "People who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely than those who start at age 21 and older to develop alcohol problems."

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