New Data from SAMHSA on Underage Drinking
The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the nation’s largest substance use assessment, shows the level of alcohol use dropped among those aged 12 to 17, from 17.6 percent in 2002 to 15.9 percent in 2007. To view the report, go to http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUHlatest.htm. To view the related press release, go to http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/0809033637.aspx.
The NSDUH Report explores “Underage Alcohol Use: Where Do Young People Drink?”
The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asked past month alcohol users aged 12 to 20 how they obtained the last alcohol they drank and where they were when they consumed it. This issue of The NSDUH Report examines age-related changes in the locations where male and female underage drinkers use alcohol. It also examines differences by college enrollment and living situation for those aged 18 to 20. To learn more, visit: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/location/underage.cfm.
Research Findings and Statistics on Underage Drinking and the Minimum Legal Drinking Age
Although some have suggested that lowering the drinking age would lead to more responsible alcohol consumption among young people, the preponderance of research indicates that the legal drinking age of 21 has had positive effects on health and safety. To learn more, go to: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/AboutNIAAA/NIAAASponsoredPrograms/drinkingage and http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/quickstats/mlda.htm
Back to School: The ABCs of Resisting Peer Pressure To Drink
It’s back to school time—time to think about skills and tools for academic success. Studies show that underage drinking is associated with academic failure. Make your school a safe place where students can thrive academically, grow personally, and mature socially. Help youth learn skills to resist the pressure to drink and give them reasons not to drink.
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