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The 2010 Monitoring the Future Study was released yesterday. It shows a continuing decrease in underage alcohol consumption by American youth

An annual survey funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Monitoring the Future study revealed that fewer teens are consuming alcohol. It continued to reflect a long-term, gradual decline in underage drinking among American youth.

Past month alcohol consumption and binge drinking combined for all three grade levels decreased significantly 2009 to 2010 (1.6 and 1.2 percentage points, respectively).

In addition, the survey reported that in 2010, 12th graders had the lowest recorded level of alcohol consumption since the inception of the Monitoring the Future study in 1975. Furthermore, 8th and 10th graders also experienced the lowest levels since 1991, when they were added to the study sample.

Since the inception of The Century Council in 1991, the proportion of students who have reported consuming alcohol in their lifetime either annually, in the past 30 days, or binge drinking has decreased among eighth, tenth and twelfth grade students.

To find out more about The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s programs and initiatives for parents and youth to stop underage drinking, please see our work.