A Look at Underage Drinking

Group Of Teenagers Drinking Alcohol In Bedroom

Group Of Teenagers Drinking Alcohol In Bedroom

Did you know that overall underage drinking is actually declining in the United States? That means less teens and young adults aged 12 - 20 are not consuming alcohol before they turn of legal age. For years, this was a serious problem that resulted in various dangerous activities, injuries and sometimes death.

Underage Drinking in Declining | Alcohol Rehab Charlotte NC

Below, you'll find facts and statistics from responsibility.org and more that help you better understand underage drinking in the U.S. and how it's declining.

  • According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 7.7 million Americans between ages 12-20 report current alcohol consumption; this represents nearly 20% of this age group for whom alcohol consumption is illegal.
  • The survey also stated that among 12-20 year olds, reported rates of past month consumption, binge drinking and heavy alcohol all declined between 2006 and 2015.
  • According to the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, alcohol consumption continues to show significant decreases among the nations’ 8th, 10th and 12th graders.
  • MTF also stated that for the three grades combined (8th, 10th and 12th) the proportion of students reporting lifetime, annual and past month alcohol consumption are at the lowest levels since the study began (42 percent, 37 percent and 20 percent, respectively).
  • Even more significant is the noted declines in binge drinking according to MTF – dropping to historic low levels for 8th, 10th and 12th graders (4 percent, 10 percent and 16 percent, respectively).
  • According to the 2016 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF), underage alcohol consumption among the nation’s youth continued its long-term decline, with notable decreases in all alcohol consumption prevalence rates among 8th , 10thand 12th graders.  The survey data, which is an indicator of the success and progress made to eliminate underage consumption, reports consumption rates are the lowest levels among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students since the early 1990s when tracking of this data began.
  • More specifically, from 2015 to 2016 statistically significant declines in underage drinking were recorded for 8th and 10th grades lifetime and annual consumption and been drunk in the past year and lifetime, 8th grade past 30-day consumption and binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row in the last two weeks), and 12th grade daily alcohol consumption.
  • Seventy-seven percent of 8th graders report they have never consumed alcohol, down 67% proportionally from 70% in 1991 to 23% in 2016.  Lifetime consumption of alcohol among tenth graders and twelfth graders declined proportionally 48% and 30%, respectively, since 1991.
  • During this same period, annual consumption rates continued to trend downward reaching new record lows, declining 67% proportionally among 8th graders, 47% among 10th graders, and 28% among 12th graders.  About one in five eighth grade students (18%), 38% of tenth graders, and 56% of twelfth graders report they consumed alcohol in the past year.
  • From 2015 to 2016 the past 30-day prevalence rate decreased nearly two percent among students surveyed in grades 8, 10 and 12.
  • Seven percent (7%) of 8th graders report consuming alcohol in the past month, down 71% proportionally from 25% in 1991.
  • Tenth graders’ reported monthly consumption rate has been cut in half, down 54% proportionally from 43% in 1991 to 20% in 2016.
  • One-third (33%) of 12th graders report consuming alcohol in the past 30-days, a decrease of 39 percent proportionally from 54% in 1991.
  • Binge drinking has fallen by half or more among 8th, 10th and 12th graders from their peak levels in the late 1990s, declining to historic low levels. After increasing in 2015, eighth graders reported a statistically significant lower rate of binge drinking (3%) in 2016. From 2015 to 2016 binge drinking rates declined among 10th and 12th graders, but neither was a significant decrease. At the same time, 10th and 12th graders surveyed reported a slight increase in their disapproval of peers who engage in binge drinking.
  • Among 8th grade students 3% report binge drinking in the past two weeks, and 53% perceive binge drinking to be a great risk to their health.
  • Ten percent (10%) of 10th graders said they engaged in binge drinking, while 55% of 10th graders believe this to be a risky behavior.
  • Among 12th graders 16% report consuming five or more drinks in a row and 48% perceive great risk in the behavior of consuming five or more drinks in a row.
  • Over the past decade, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health surveys have shown a decline in the prevalence rates of current, binge, and heavy alcohol consumption among 12 to 20 year olds:
  • Past month consumption among 12 to 20 year olds have declined proportionally 29 percent from 28% in 2006 to 20% in 2015.
  • Underage binge drinking rates decreased 30 percent proportionally from 19% to 13%.
  • Heavy drinking (five or more drinks on the same occasion on 5 or more days in the past 30 days) also decreased among 12 to 20 year olds during this time declining 47 percent proportionally from 6% in 2006 to 3% in 2015.  (Source: SAMHSA, 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015)

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With all that challenges facing teens and adults in today's time, it's important to make sure they're informed of substance abuse issues as well as, substance abuse prevention and ways to avoid and overcome the peer pressure they might face, day to day.

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