Alcohol use by teens is continuing a two-decade decline, a new study says. The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study reports that alcohol use fell 0.8, 1.9 and 2.3 percentage points for 8th-, 10th and 12th-graders over the last year.
"The 12th-grade decline is statistically significant as is the decline for the three grades combined," researchers said. "All three grades are now at the lowest point that they have been at least since the mid-1990s, and likely longer. Among 8th-graders, most of whom are 13 or 14 years old, the proportion who have ever taken 'more than just a few sips' of alcohol by 8th grade has fallen by half since the 1990s."
The Beer Institute praised the results.
“The University of Michigan study is great news," Beer Institute Vice President Chris Thorne said in a prepared statement. "But we know there is more to do. We are committed to our partners in schools, law enforcement and communities across the country to make even greater strides toward reducing underage drinking.”
To read the Monitoring the Future study, which also highlights drug use, click here.