Teenagers today experience many different things in society. Whether it is their first date, first day of high school or everything in between, teens always want to try something new or different. One of they things they try is alcohol. Unfortunately, underage drinkers often over indulge the use of alcohol. I will attempt to shed some light on why teenagers are drawn to this deviant behavior of underage drinking. Many causes contribute to underage drinking which include peer pressure, family problems, low self esteem, and just plain curiosity. Eighty percent of all teens have tried alcohol before the end of high school this includes a few sips. Most students who enter college are about eighteen years old. They find a new kind of free will in college which leads to them making their own decisions which before they were under their parent’s watchful eye. Some of the student’s decisions regard school, finances and being able to let lose and do anything without someone to check in on every beck and call. This attitude leads them to the deviant behavior of underage drinking. Teens know that the drinking age is twenty one, but it is the thrill of the hunt wondering who is going to buy tonight, will we get caught, or are we able to sneak in the bar? Teenagers seem to think they are invincible and nothing could bring them down, what they do not realize is the human brain continues to develop into your early twenty’s and exposure to alcohol could have long lasting effects on the intellectual capabilities and could increase the chance to become a alcohol addict. They are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors leading to unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Many parents and communities are coming together to fight the growing epidemic and here are some of the strategies people have come up to prevent this from continuing to grow.