Teens who are not yet addicted to alcohol are more likely to develop alcohol use disorders later in life if they start drinking at younger ages.
Last year ambulances were called to more than 450 incidents involving 13 to 18 years olds where urgent medical assistance was required due.
Among those 10 million underage drinkers, about 6.5 million were binge drinkers and 2 million were heavy drinkers. Researchers suggest that teens are more likely than adults to abuse alcohol because of the way the human brain develops. Teens are particularly vulnerable to binge.