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US brewers have welcomed a new report showing that underage drinking in the country is on the decline. 

Reported drinking levels among US high school students are down, the study showed

Reported drinking levels among US high school students are down, the study showed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) study revealed that the proporiton of 14-18-year-olds who reported ever having a drink fell from 81.6% in 1991 to 66.2% in 2013. Around a third of high school students (34.9%) said they currently drink alcohol, but this was down on 1991's figure of 50.8%. 

A fifth (20.8%) of teenagers said they had consumed more than five alcoholic drinks in a row, but this was down on 31.3% in 1991. 

“This CDC report is great news, but brewers and beer importers know there is more work to be done,” said Beer Institute VP Chris Thorne. “We are committed to our partners in schools, law enforcement and communities across the country to make even greater strides toward reducing underage drinking." 

The Beer Institute, based in Washington DC, lobbies on behalf of the US brewing industry, as well as importers and suppliers. Separately, the Brewers Association represents the interests of US craft brewers.


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