Similar to other national surveys that track underage drinking, the 2008-09 Pride survey shows significant decreases in drinking among America’s youth.
The annual survey of students in grades 6 to 12 released this month reported one-, five-, and ten-year declines in alcohol consumption among middle school students. Most notable is the significant decline in past year alcohol consumption among students in grades 6 to 8 since the 2003 introduction of The Century Council’s Ask, Listen, Learn program, designed to educate middle school students and their parents about the dangers of underage drinking.
Nearly one in four middle school students (27%) reported consuming alcohol in the past year during the 2008-09 school year, a 22% decrease over the past six years from 34%. Additionally, 65% of middle school students reported that their parents talked to them about the “problems of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use” in the past year.
While The Century Council cannot claim to be the sole influence in these reductions, it is likely The Century Council and it’s Ask, Listen, Learn initiative played a significant role.