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Teen drinking rates hit historic lows in the US

The 2013 Monitoring the Future survey reports that underage drinking is at its lowest level since the study’s inception. Conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Monitoring the Future has tracked substance abuse among American high school students since 1975. Approximately 45,449 students from 395 public and private schools participated in this year’s Monitoring the Future survey. The 2014 survey found that alcohol consumption rates among 8th, 10th and 12th graders have continued their two-decade decline, once again hitting record lows in 2013. Further, the survey also showed that teen binge drinking continued its longterm decline. Among 10th and 12th graders, binge drinking fell 2% and remained unchanged among 8th graders. The University of Michigan press release noted, “The use of alcohol by teens has dropped dramatically over roughly the past two decades – particularly among the youngest teens – and continues to drop in 2013… All three grades are now at the lowest point that they have been at least since the mid-1990s, and likely longer.”

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