Underage Binge Drinking Rates Decreasing

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Underage Binge Drinking Rates Decreasing

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) claims the rate of underage binge drinking is decreasing among young people in the United States. The report references data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health. The data was gathered through a study of drinking trends among young people between the years of 2002 and 2013.

At the start of the study in 2002, 20 percent of young people reported binge drinking behaviors. By 2013, this number was down to 14.2 percent. However, 22.7 percent of young people still report to have consumed at least once alcoholic beverage within the past month. The study also reports the rates of binge drinking in those between the ages of 18-22 have stayed steady at 39-44 percent for the last twenty years.

Although the rates of binge drinking among underage people are decreasing, alcohol consumption continues to be a problem. It is still the most commonly abused substance among young people, followed closely behind by tobacco and marijuana. Education about alcohol and other substances is key in prevention.