Teens in Illinois are finding ways to get access to liquor, despite the fact that it's illegal. Professor Ron Kanwischer, with the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says kids typically start drinking long before they're 21.
Kanwischer says drinking young can cause alcohol problems later in life. About 40-percent of those who started drinking before they were 15 have signs of alcohol dependency. Kanswischer encourages families to have open conversations about the medical and legal consequences of drinking. And, if someone has a drinking problem and is dependent on alcohol, they should talk to their family physician or a substance abuse counselor.