US: Spirits body hails "progress" in under-age drinking

By | 18 December 2009

Under-age drinking rates in the past year have dropped or remained flat among 8th, 10th and 12th graders in the US, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

The 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey released yesterday (17 December) noted that "from 2004 to 2009, decreases were observed in lifetime, past year, past month, and binge use of alcohol across the three grades".

According to the study, alcohol use has been in a "long-term, gradual decline" at all three grade levels, with 30-day (or past month) prevalence having fallen from recent peak levels by over 40% among 8th graders, by over 25% among 10th graders, and by about one sixth among 12th graders. 

"Our country is making gradual but important progress in preventing and reducing underage drinking but much more needs to be done.  Industry, parents and the entire community working together can continue make a difference," said Dr. Peter Cressy president of the Distilled Spirits Council.

Cressy said the spirits industry has been a part of this progress through its involvement in the Federal Trade Commission's "We Don't Serve Teens" campaign and through the programs of The Century Council, which provides parents with tools to talk to their children about alcohol.

The research was conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The US government yesterday launched a booklet "Rethinking Drinking" in a bid to reinforce responsible decisions about alcohol during the Christmas holidays.

The launch was made at a briefing at the National Press Club by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The brochure underscores that "Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, the situation, and, of course, how much you drink".

The brochure can be downloaded at

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The part of retaining the false driver's licenses has already been in practice for the past 10 years in the largest liquor chain stores in NJ. The result is that the word got out to stay away from****liquor stores because they really card and check licenses.As to the division of fine money, the NJ ABC has not gone that far yet, since they need every $ in their budget, but it is a good idea and would serve as an incentive for clerks to check. The problem is that many of the independent stores are family run and they are not in the practice of turning away a sale.

Norman Weiner USA


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