US: Teen drinking hits record low - figures

By | 19 December 2013

Drinking rates among US teenagers are on the decline, the study suggests

Drinking rates among US teenagers are on the decline, the study suggests

Trade groups have welcomed a new study which suggests that underage drinking in the US has reached a record low. 

The 2013 Monitoring the Future survey, jointly-released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan yesterday (18 December), found that alcohol consumption among 13-18-year-olds has continued a two-decade drop and hit record lows in 2013. "Binge drinking" fell 2% among 15-18-year-olds, but remained unchanged among 13-14-year-olds.   

The US Government-funded study, which looks at drug and alcohol use among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students, said: “Alcohol-use and binge drinking are continuing their long term declines in 2013, reaching their lowest points in the history of the study.” The study began in 1975. 

Peter Cressy, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States' (DISCUS) president, said: “This underscores that through effective partnerships with industry, government and communities, we can work together to produce historic results.”

He added: “While more needs to be done, this shows that the ‘sky-is-falling’ rhetoric and misguided policy prescriptions of anti-alcohol advocacy groups are way off base.” 

Chris Thorne, VP of the Beer Instiute, the US brewing industry trade body, said: “The University of Michigan study is great news. But we know there is more to do.” 

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