In my area of the US, underage drinking is rampant, and it is far more binge than social...and it starts EARLY. Not just beer and wine coolers, either...hard liquor is often preferred. High schools have penalties related to athletics and other extracurricular activities - if you're caught. Colleges, at least the public ones, all have sanctions in place for alcohol violations...if you're caught. From the rate of recurrence, I'd say these sanctions are not having the desired effect. Kids are going to drink. I've reserved a special place in Hades for the "well meaning" parents who open their homes for parties under the guise of "getting the kids accustomed to drinking before they go to college." It's a slippery slope, and our kids/young adults with diabetes are at particular risk; no matter how smart and "responsible" they are, when left to their own devices as they will be someday, impaired judgement and decision making loom large.