In conjunction with the Pledge for Life Partnership, the Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education’s Life Education Center Programs work to improve the quality of life for children and families with initiatives to reduce substance abuse.

Underage Drinking in Illinois

  • According to the 2014 Illinois Youth Survey results, alcohol is the drug of choice compared to all other substances.
  • Among 12th graders, alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes are the top three most commonly abused drugs.
  • Liquor remains the most commonly consumed alcoholic beverage type for high school aged Illinois youth, followed by beer from bottles/cans.
  • Younger adolescents (6th and 8th grade youth) consumed wine above all other types of alcohol.

To learn more about the results of the Illinois Youth Survey visit

For more information about the Life Education Center Programs contact Brenda Wetzel, Director, at or call the office at 815-936-4606.


Download a full size .PDF here: How Alcohol Affects the Teenage Brain Graphic by Prevention First