According to the Monitoring the Future study, teen drinking has reached a historic low since the study began in 1975. The annual study, which is conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is considered the standard for substance abuse research among teens. The world’s leading spirits, beer, and wine company, Diageo, commented on the study saying that this is, “great news and evidence of what can be achieved when the alcohol industry, parents, teachers, law enforcement, and government policy makers work together for a common cause.”
Some of the key highlights from the study include: In 2013, teen drinking declined by 2.3% and this trend is expected to continue. In addition, lifetime, annual, and monthly consumption among grades 8, 10, and 12 is at an all-time low. More than 70% of all 8th graders have never consumed alcohol, which is up remarkably from 30% in 1991. Students also reported greater disapproval of peers who binge drink. Furthermore, past 30 day consumption among 12th graders declined at a statistically significant rate from 2012-2013.
To learn more about the study, read this article from PR Newswire.