New Ore. Survey Shows Decline in Underage Drinking

Some encouraging results from the latest Oregon Healthy Teens Survey regarding underage drinking.

Among 8th graders surveyed, 23.2 percent said they had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, down from 25.8 percent in ’07. So, good news there.

In addition, 8th-grade girls are drinking less compared with ’07.

Among 11th-graders in ’09, 38.4 percent said they had at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days. That’s down from 43.9 percent in ’07.

Since 2005, there’s been a decrease in 8th graders who say they have used alcohol and drugs in the past 30 days.

Drug Prevention efforts appear to paying off.  Let’s keep it going because as has been proven, prevention works.

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