Most of today’s 8th graders were born in 1999 or 2000… a time when half of 8th graders had already drunk alcohol in their lives. Today, new data from Monitoring the Future (research from the University of Michigan) shows now 28 percent of 8th graders have drunk alcohol—a 46 percent drop in underage drinking over that time.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Underage drinking in 2013 was down in every category in every age group measured:
- Use of alcohol in the past year is at its lowest levels ever recorded among all age groups.
- Less of half of 10th graders have had a drink in the past year, and only about a quarter have had a drink in the past 30 days.
- Less than 40 percent of high school seniors have had a drink in the past 30 days—the lowest level recorded.
So our efforts together to prevent underage drinking are working!
If you are a teen looking to stay alcohol-free, like so many of your peers, you can download our Power of You(th) teen booklet here. If you are a parent, and you’d like to help keep your kids alcohol-free, please download our Power of Parents handbook here.