The newer generation might not only be becoming taller, smarter and sharper, but also less addicted to binge drinking and alcoholism as a new government report reveals. The percentage of underage people who drank declined from 28.8 percent to 22.7 percent in a study of 12-20 years old. 30,000 people in that age group across the country were included in a survey which also found that alcohol remains the preferred substance of abuse among youths.
Seventeen percent of respondents reported using tobacco while 13.6 percent reported using illicit drugs, the report said. Also most deaths associated with alcohol poisoning occur among white men ages 35 to 64, not in the college-age population.
“Our target is to change social norms,” said Frances Harding, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. “Have norms been changed? Absolutely.”
A study by the University of Michigan last December found that high school students increasingly looking askance at drinking to excess on weekends, with about 75 percent of seniors disapproving of it.
Overall, the survey of 67,000 people found that just over half of Americans in 2013 reported being drinkers while 23 percent, which would translate to about 60 million people, reported being binge drinkers, the agency reported.