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Education helps keep US underage drinking levels low

Greater parental education has helped maintain lower levels of underage alcohol consumption in the US following “dramatic declines” over the last two decades, a government study shows.

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Underage drinking levels have not changed in the last year compared to 2016, according to a new government study

The most recent data from the government-led Monitoring the Future study shows “no significant changes” in alcohol consumption among teens in 2017 compared to the previous year.

The authors of the study wrote: “These are dramatic declines for such a culturally ingrained behaviour and good news to many parents.”

Dr Sam Zakhari, senior vice president of science of the Distilled Spirits Council, said: “Key to further declines is educating parents and other adults about the seriousness of providing alcohol to teens.”

The Distilled Spirits Council praised the distilled spirits sector’s role in combatting underage drinking through programmes such as the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and support for the Federal Trade Commission’s We Don’t Serve Teens initiative.

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