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24th Annual Survey of Indiana Children and Teens Shows 21-Year Decline in Alcohol Use

The twenty-fourth Annual Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use by Indiana Children and Adolescents, conducted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington, highlights a 21-year decline in the lifetime and monthly use of alcohol across all grade levels (six-12).

“We are extremely pleased to see fewer youth using alcohol,” Indiana Prevention Resource Center executive director Ruth Gassman said. “Prevention education and efforts to reduce access to alcohol in homes and stores are having a positive effect. We’re also seeing success in community groups working to change the view that alcohol consumption by youth is harmless.”

Indiana students reported in 2014 that their most common means of acquiring alcohol was not through stores or restaurants (0.2 percent and 0.5 percent for twelfth-graders) but from having another person purchase it for them or give it to them, or from a family member. Store and restaurant sales are regulated, and stricter enforcement of sales and server laws reduce the chances of youth making purchases or being served.

The 2014 survey results are based on responses from 119,147 students in Grades six through 12 at 429 public and private schools in Indiana. The findings, available online, address the following issues:

Read the full report: http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2014/09/youth-drug-alcohol-use-survey.shtml