Good News – Underage Drinking Rate is Down!
Underage drinking among America’s youth is at record lows. More than 1.5 million (1,525,000) fewer American youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years old , more than the entire population of New Hampshire , reported they consumed alcohol in the past month, according to the most recent estimates from the study.
Past-month alcohol consumption among 12- to 17-year-olds declined 34 percent proportionally from 2003 to 2013 and 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the study.
Heavy alcohol consumption, which is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on five or more days in the last month, among youth declined 54 percent proportionally from 2003 to 2013, a difference of approximately 359,000 12- to 17-year-olds, according to the study.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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