Monitoring the Future, the annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th-graders is conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse was revised December 2012
This year’s survey has encouraging results, with declining alcohol and drug use among high school teens; however, concerns remain about the persistent high rates of marijuana and nonmedical prescription drug use .
Use of alcohol declined on all measures, bringing rates down to historic lows during the life of the study. The survey showed that the percentage of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who had participated in binge drinking in the last two weeks was 5%, 16%, and 24%. These percentages are significantly lower than the high rates of binge drinking recorded in the 90s which were 62%, 36%, and 25%.
From 2007 to 2012, current use of alcohol declined from 15.9% to 11% among 8th grader, from 33.4% to 27.6% among 10th graders and from 44.4% to 41.5% among high school seniors. For 2012, decreases were observed in lifetime, past year, current and binge use of alcohol among 8th graders.