Statement on Results of 2006 Monitoring the Future Survey

December 20, 2006 07:00 PM

Attributed to Frank Coleman, Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President

The US government today reported that a Monitoring the Future Survey, one of the principal measures of underage drinking, continued to find a decline in underage drinking in 2006.
“While encouraged by these findings, the Distilled Spirits Council believes that any amount of underage drinking is too much and that all interested parties need to continue to work together to stop illegal access to alcohol by youth.”
The 2006 survey stated, “Last year nearly all prevalence measures for alcohol use and self-reported drunkenness showed some continuing decline in all grade levels, with a number of them reaching statistical significance.”
Noteworthy, the 2006 figures for past month drinking and binge drinking among 12th graders are the lowest recorded since the Monitoring the Future Surveys began in 1975.  Past month drinking among 12th graders dropped from 47 percent in 2005 to 45.3 percent in 2006; and binge drinking among 12th graders dropped from 28.1 percent in 2005 to 26.5 percent in 2006.
The Monitoring the Future Surveys, conducted at the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, show the use of alcohol beverages has generally been in decline among American teens for the last several years.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Monitoring the Future, 2006

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