The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that prevention does work! Data in 2012 showed that the number of young people using alcohol is on the decline. As you will see in the infographic below, more youth are aware of the effects of underage drinking and are abstaining from drinking alcohol. Young people are also waiting longer to start drinking — and fewer are drinking and driving!
Even more recent data, from the 2014 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), also showed continued declines in alcohol use by all grades. NIDA reported that 9 percent of 8th graders, 23.5 percent of 10th graders, and 37.4 percent of 12th graders reported past-month use of alcohol, which was significantly lower than in 2009, when rates were 14.9 percent, 30.4 percent, and 43.5 percent, respectively.