Teenage Alcohol Drinking Drops Over Six Percent in One Year

The proportion of youth ages 12-17 who consume alcohol dropped over six percent (6.25%) between 2004 and 2005. That was the finding of the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

This is consistent with the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, another large-scale longitudinal study.

The decline in youthful drinking is part of a long-term trend that began in the late 1970s and continues today.


  • samhsa.gov