The perception is, is that underage drinking in the U.S. is on the rise. Well, the good news is, underage drinking is down dramatically. The proportion of high school seniors who have ever consumed alcohol is down. The percentage of high school seniors who drink at any time is down - way down.
Drinking among 12 – 17 year olds has dropped by 65% over the past 23 years. Over-all underage drinking is down more than ever. College students, who always attract a lot of attention in the press, have the lowest rate of drinking in the thirty eight year history of keeping these records. The proportion of students reporting occasional or frequent beer drinking has dropped to an historic 44.8 %. That’s down from 73% in 1982.
This news comes from Professor David J. Hanson – University of New York. To see all his findings log on:
This is great news, but we’ve got a long way to go. The key is educating our young people of the dangers of alcohol at an early age. Take that from a guy who started drinking at age 12.
“Hoot” Hooten Former Chairman of the Santa Maria, California – Under Age Drinking Task Force