New surveys are showing young people starting to drink earlier than ever before. Drinking now often starts as young as 13.
It's not only in the U.S. A recent European survey shows about half of all girls aged 13 to 15 say they have not only had a drink, but have reported binge drinking. That survey showed more females than males are regular drinkers.
A Lufkin teen we spoke with says she doesn't think teen drinking is a major problem in East Texas.
Jahmekya Rusk, a 13-year-old, said, "There is someone in my class that thinks it's okay to drink. He thought it was cool, but I don't."
Alcohol experts we spoke with tell us a big concern now centers around the increased use of what are called "Alco Pops." Those are sweet-flavored alcoholic beverages. They're also seeing too many commercials glorifying drinking, and even lots of parents giving children their first drink.