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Good News on Youth Drinking

Dec. 18, 2014 – A recently released federal study on underage drinking and binge drinking showed that both are at their lowest levels since 1975. The survey of more than 41,000 students was conducted in 377 public and private schools throughout the United States.

The Monitoring the Future Survey for 2014 was a joint effort by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan. It showed that alcohol consumption among eighth, tenth and twelfth graders continues to decline hitting record lows in 2014. A press release by the University of Michigan stated that: “Peer disapproval of binge drinking has been rising since 2000 among teens. Declines in availability may be another contributing factor to the drops in teen drinking. In recent years, there has been a fair decline in all three grades in the proportion saying that alcohol is easy for them to get.”

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) called the study “excellent news” and praised the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in producing programs with significant results such as this study. DISCUS president Peter Cressy said, “Key to this success is educating parents and other adults about the seriousness of providing alcohol to teens.” The spirits industry actively supports programs for responsible drinking.