Alcohol abuse trends among all age groups declined in 2016 compared to the prior year, according to the newly-released National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

The survey showed marked declines in binge drinking and heavy drinking among all adult age group breakdowns. (Report tables)

“The distilled spirits sector is committed to promoting moderate and responsible drinking by adults, and this new government report shows such efforts are having a positive effect,” said Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz.

Naasz noted that the spirits sector has been a part of this progress through its individual company education efforts and collective efforts, such as the Council’s,

Additionally, the survey showed underage drinking among individuals aged 12 to 20 dropped to a new historic low in the survey, declining 32 percent over the past decade.

NSDUH, issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is a scientific annual survey of approximately 67,500 people throughout the country, aged 12 and older.

2016 NSDUH Survey