STATES CHRONICLE – A new report developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that drinking rates among teenagers have shrunk. In fact, it reached the lowest point in 25 years. Despite the fact that underage drinking rates have decreased, binge drinking among teens remains a problem.
The lowest drinking rate among teenagers in the last two decades
The report shows how the percentage of drinking teens is now significantly lower than it was decades ago. In 1991, 50.8 percent of teenagers reported that they consume at least one alcoholic beverage per month. In 2015, the situation changed, and the rates dropped to 32.8 percent.
Now, there are less instances of underage drinking, but those teenagers who reported consuming alcohol are not necessarily drinking less. Binge drinking is still a problem among young consumers. For instance, 57.8 percent of these teens said they have had five drinks in one sitting. The number of beverages can go even higher, as 43.8 percent reported drinking up to eight alcohol products in a row.
However, the binge drinking rates are still lower than they used to be. In 1999, the rate among teenagers was the highest, namely 31.5 percent. The situation improved until 2015, when it reached 17.7 percent.
Underage drinking is still a public health problem
The data was provided by the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Every year, high school students had to answer a questionnaire which asked them various questions on their behavior and habits. Researchers looked at the answers collected between 1991 and 2015, and the yearly number of students varied from 10,904 to 16,410.
Even if these rates have been increasing over the past decades, officials are still concerned about underage drinking. Such a behavior during teen years might lead to problems later in life. This is why they plan to maintain their strict policy on alcohol sale and to impose even more restriction on its consumption among teenagers.
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