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When it comes to underage drinking, most youth deserve an A+. Prevention Works!

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When it comes to underage drinking, most youth deserve an A+. Prevention Works! Infographic

Text Description of Infographic:

The infographic shows underage drinking trends. The text displayed reads, “When it comes to underage drinking, most youth deserve an A+. Prevention Works!” This text is next to an image of a young person using a computer.

Inside a graphic of a paperclip holding a sheet of paper torn from a notebook is the text “MOST YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T USE ALCOHOL.” next to a graphic of a school bus. Underneath is the following text: “Less than one fourth of 12- to 20-year-olds reported drinking alcohol in the past month.1

Graphic of two figures sitting in adjacent school desks. One is speaking, and the other is listening. The adjacent text states, “MORE YOUTH ARE RECOGNIZING THE RISK OF BINGE DRINKING. More high school students understand that binge drinking carries great risk of physical or other harm and most disapprove of weekend binge drinking.2

Inside the image of a sheet of paper that’s in the shape of a speech bubble is a drawing of a bar graph showing that underage drinking rates are decreasing and the text “Underage drinking rates are going down. Rates of current, binge, and heavy drinking by 12- to 20- year-olds have been declining for more than a decade.1 Among 8th to 12th graders, rates of current and binge drinking have reached the lowest point since the mid-1990s or longer.3

Graphic of an identification card showing an age of 16 and the following text: “YOUTH ARE WAITING LONGER TO START DRINKING. In 2002, the average age of first alcohol use among those younger than age 21 was 15.5 years. In 2012, the average age was 16 years.1

Graphic of an automobile steering wheel with “54%” inside. The adjacent text states, “Fewer youth are drinking and then driving. The number of teens ages 16 and younger who drive while impaired has dropped by more than half —54%—since 1991.4

Text near the bottom of the page reads, “Visit https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov for more information on underage drinking prevention.”

Sources:

The footnotes are as follows:
1 http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch3.2
2 http://www.monitoringthefuture.org//pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2012.pdf
3 http://www.monitoringthefuture.org//pressreleases/13drugpr_complete.pdf
4 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6139a5.htm?s_cid=mm6139a5_w

At the bottom of the page is the SAMHSA logo.

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