The Distilled Spirits Council is pleased to see the continued long-term decline in underage drinking. The study’s authors point out that these declines may reflect the greater decline in reported availability of alcohol by those under the legal drinking age. The research is clear that most youth who drink get their alcohol from parents and other adults. While more needs to be done, clearly parents and other adults are getting the message that providing alcohol to underage individuals is unsafe, illegal and irresponsible.

The distilled spirits industry remains committed to working to further bring these underage drinking numbers down through community outreach, prevention programs and supporting tough legislation penalizing adults who knowingly provide alcohol to youth.

 

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Monitoring the Future Press Release:

http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/pressreleases/08drugpr.pdf