WESTERN NEW YORK – While still problematic, alcohol use among teens is down.
A national survey of eighth, tenth and twelfth grade students for the 2018 monitoring the future study found that overall alcohol use has dropped in recent years.
According to the data, by the end of twelfth grade, 59 percent of students had “consumed more than a few sips” of alcohol.
Just under 43 percent of twelfth graders reported having been drunk at least once in their life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says continuing to send a message to teens about the dangers of drinking alcohol can help the trend to continue.
They also recommend banning the sale of powdered alcohol.
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