Summary: A recent study has revealed a significant decline in alcohol consumption among American teens in 2023 compared to the previous year. The study, which surveyed 22,318 teens, found that a majority of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders reported never having consumed alcohol.
2023 Trends: Study Highlights Downward Trend in Alcohol Use Among US Teens
The annual study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by the University of Michigan, surveyed a large sample of teenagers to assess trends in alcohol use. The study’s findings indicate a notable decrease in alcohol consumption among eighth, 10th, and 12th graders compared to the previous year.
Key findings from the study include:
- A dramatic decrease in substance use among teenagers between 2020 and 2021, attributed to COVID-19 school closures and social distancing measures.
- A one-year delay in teen consumption patterns due to the pandemic, potentially leading to lower future trajectories of substance abuse.
- A downward trajectory in teen alcohol consumption since the 1990s, with teenagers in the digital age less likely to drink beer, wine, or spirits.
- In 2023, 78.5% of eighth graders, 64.2% of 10th graders, and 47.2% of 12th graders reported never having consumed alcohol. This represents an increase from the previous year’s study and reflects a significant surge in non-drinkers over the past decade.
Experts like Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse, and Keith Humphreys, a Stanford University addiction researcher, suggest that teenagers might be finding alternative activities such as video gaming and social media more engaging. Leslie Kimball, executive director of Responsibility.org, attributes the change to more open conversations between parents and their children about alcohol.
The study’s results highlight a positive trend in reducing underage drinking, with a notable decline in alcohol consumption among American teenagers.
Source: The Drinks Business
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