ARLINGTON, VA—The recent release by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows some progress in the fight against underage drinking. Comparing 2005-06 to 2006-07 data, 29 states experienced a decrease in their rate of past month alcohol consumption among persons aged 12-20, while another set of 29 states also had a decrease in the rate of binge drinking reported by their youth.
The most significant decreases in past month consumption were seen in Kentucky (-26%), Rhode Island (-23.2%), and Utah (-19.6). Among those states that experienced a decline in the rate of past month consumption among 12-20 year olds, statistically significant declines in 30-day consumption rates were reported for Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota, Texas and Utah.
There was also a significant decrease in binge drinking in many states with Utah having the largest decrease (-21.7%). Michigan, Nebraska, Montana, Texas and Utah also experienced statistically significant decreases in the rate of binge drinking among 12-20 year olds. Among all the states Utah had the lowest rate of past month consumption and binge drinking (17.3% and 13.3%, respectively).
The new data shows that there are very few outlying states, and that local and state initiatives, coupled with Federal and privately-funded programs, are continuing to educate and have a positive impact on underage drinking.
The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Future Brands LLC; Hood River Distillers.; Sidney Frank Importing Co. Inc.; is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol. The Century Council will continue its comprehensive efforts to ensure that underage drinking continues to decline.
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