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New Data: Underage Drinking Down By All Measures
By MADD | December 18, 2013| 2 Comments | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Power of Parents

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



Submitted by Rick at 03:12 AM on January 26, 2014
#1 comment on your comment about Broward and Palm Beach County is I can barely understand your use of the English language. Seems like you were drunk yourself when you placed your comment. #2 On this page above, it seems to me that MADD is patting themselves on their back for a job well done. Anyone that has teenage kids know that they will lie to anybody and everyone about if they drink or not. Also with drugs, or anything else they are doing wrong so they don't get in trouble and have their XBOX taken away. So I agree with you that these statistics are incorrect. The only true stats that will prove anything would be mandatory alcohol and drug testing on kids, randomly, with the parents consent, of these "so called facts" are actually true. I have never heard of the MADD organization involved in the schools of Northwest IN, considered the Southside of Chicago, ever being involved with anything. I have 17 and 15 y/o boys. They would tell me if they had a program at their school. But would not tell me if they had a drink. No cigarette ads are allowed anywhere. Yet Alcohol ads are shoved down our throats every day. My kids even ask me about it. Why is MADD not doing anything about that. $$$$$$.....that's why. How many kids are killed by someone smoking a cigarette versus alcohol?
Submitted by Siripodog at 01:32 PM on January 3, 2014
I don't believe in that statistics, at least in Florida, I'm concern with how is ease for the kids get a fake ID and get alcoholic beverages in restaurants and night clubs. We need to ask to authority to enforce the Id control in all this places, i'm talking about Broward and Palm Beach County. I want to know your comment about this matter.

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