A newly released National Institutes of Health survey showed the decline in under-age drinking continuing

PORTLAND, Ore. — According to the National Institutes of Health’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, the 20-year trend of American teens drinking less continued into 2022.

When asked, 28% of high school seniors said they had a drink in the past month. That’s a 15% decline from the pre-pandemic level and a decrease of 42% since 2002.

Teen binge drinking levels also continue to drop. Only 13% of 12th graders reported having more than five drinks in a row during the past two weeks. That’s down by half of what was reported in 2002.

Monitoring the Future has conducted these annual surveys for more than four decades tracking trends in alcohol use by U.S. adolescents. Since 2002, teen drinking levels have continued to trend down.


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