THE DATA

Underage drinking is at historically low levels. Understanding these declines can help empower parents, retailers, and community leaders to never sell, serve, or supply alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age

Monitoring the Future.

For the three grades combined, (8th, 10th, and 12th) an unprecedented decrease in the proportion of students reporting lifetime, annual, past month, and binge drinking (36 percent, 30 percent, 15 percent, and almost 7 percent respectively) was noted from 2020 to 2021.

NEW DATA

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UNDERAGE DRINKERS

Teen drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior.

We can reduce teen drinking by stopping teens’ easy access to alcohol.

  • 80%

    Most Americans adults (80%) think the best way to deter selling  alcohol to underaged consumers is to check ID. They also believe that communities can help by including their commitment to not supplying alcohol to those under the legal drinking age in the following ways:

    • At a cash register/check-out (53%)
    • Signs on the entrance door of the store/bar (44%)
    • Signs on the wall of the store/bar (36%), websites when placing orders (35%)
    • Signs on glass refrigerator doors where cold beverages are sold (30%).

     

    (Source: Responsibility.org, Online CARAVAN® survey, 2022 )

  • 78%

    Nearly four in five Americans (78%) say it is easy for a person under the age of 21 to get alcohol if they wanted some, including 25% who believe it is “very easy” and 53% who view it as “fairly easy”.

     

    (Source: Responsibility.org, Online CARAVAN® survey, 2022 )

  • 85%

    85% of Americans think people under the age of 21 obtain their alcohol from someone else as opposed to buying it themselves, with 63% indicating that they take it from parents’ homes without permission.

     

    (Source: Responsibility.org, Online CARAVAN® survey, 2022)

  • 4/5

    Four in five parents (80%) think teens seek out alcohol due to peer pressure/to fit in, and 70% attribute it to curiosity.

     

    (Source: Responsibility.org, Online CARAVAN® survey, 2022)

  • 1/4

    One in four parents (26%) say they have not talked about the dangers of drinking alcohol with their children in the past year.

     

    (Source: Responsibility.org, Online CARAVAN® survey, 2022)

  • 7/10

    Seven out of ten teens report drinking with more than one person on their most recent drinking occasion, and 92% said they drank at their own home (48%) or someone else’s home (44%).

     

    (Source: 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2022)

  • 92%

    Seven out of ten teens report drinking with more than one person on their most recent drinking occasion, and 92% said they drank at their own home (48%) or someone else’s home (44%).

     

    (Source: 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2022)

  • 26%

    One in four (26%) of 12-20 year olds report purchasing the alcohol they drank themselves while 74% did not pay for the alcohol they consumed.

     

    (Source: 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2022)

  • 74%

    One in four (26%) of 12-20 year olds report purchasing the alcohol they drank themselves while 74% did not pay for the alcohol they consumed.

     

    (Source: 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2022)

  • 12%

    Teens who drink alcohol, regardless of if they pay for it or not, usually get it from someone 21 years of age or older who is unrelated to them (12% and 22%, respectively).

     

    (Source: 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2022)

  • 22%

    Teens who drink alcohol, regardless of if they pay for it or not, usually get it from someone 21 years of age or older who is unrelated to them (12% and 22%, respectively).

     

    (Source: 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2022)

  • 3/4

    According to the latest Monitoring the Future survey, 3 out 4 high school seniors report alcohol is easy to get, if they wanted some.

     

    (Source: Monitoring the Future survey, 12/2021) 

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