We were thrilled to read SAMHSA’s ‘Data Spotlight’ today, which points out that 94% of 12-14 year olds are not currently drinking alcohol.
This number is very encouraging – it reflects the progress that The Century Council has made since its inception20 years ago.
Of course, our work is not nearly done. The majority of the six percent who do drink alcohol received it from family and friends. We identified this problem in 2003. Addresssing where teens get alcohol is a critical part of preventing underage drinking.
In addition, college binge drinking remains an intractable problem, and underage drinking among older age groups remains, although we’ve made significant progress against it. However, we’re confident that our programs such as Ask, Listen, Learn will continue to chip away at these numbers, helping to keep kids safe, healthy and happy by beginning the conversation about the dangers of underage drinking in their middle school years.
We encourage you to check out our programs and learn more about our mission, as well as what you can do to prevent underage drinking.