Underage Drinking & the Supreme Court Nominee

September 28, 2018
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Common Thread

What’s the one thing found in every allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that everyone agrees upon?

Underage Drinking



  • Underage drinking at a high school gathering. Allegation = Sexual Assault
  • Underage drinking at a college dorm. Allegation = Judge Kavanaugh “exposed himself” & forced touching.
  • Underage drinking at parties. Allegations = overall “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls.”
“I drank beer with my friends. Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Cmte. As he points out in his testimony, the drinking age in Maryland during his youth was 18; In current context "underage drinking" refers to anyone younger than 21.

Underage Drinking: U.S.A.

1 out of 3 high schoolers admits to drinking in the last 30 days.

By age 18, more than half of high schoolers have had one drink.

Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.” (CDC)

Something To Consider

“Underage youth who drink are more likely to carry out or be the victim of a physical or sexual assault after drinking than others their age who do not drink.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that states other risks include drinking & driving accidents, suicides and drowning.

The most recent data available showed a slight decline in underage drinking; that research is 3 years old. In the meantime, drinking among adults, especially women, has increased.

by Jenna Lee,