How Teens Drink

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  1. trey1963 says:

    By the time we were 12, almost everyone knew a liquor store or 2 that would sell to anyone with cash. The most likely supplier would card us and his rule was no hard liquor under 15yrs…..after that it was limited to a fifth apiece….. Tango, night train and thunderbird till you were old enough to graduate to Jack. That was when we were flush…..Weed was a cheaper more available high that mellowed most of our nights, mesc, acid etc…..was for summers and weekends. Finding a peer that didn’t drink/smoke was extremely rare…kind of like a unicorn. Early 70′s south-west Queens, NYC. Drugs and drinking is less common now, yet still widely available as per my HS aged daughter.

  2. Tom Brechlin says:

    You’re lucky you weren’t one of the 4700 …. I read this to be what we call glorifying. There may be a decline but ….

    The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey6 found that among high school students, during the past 30 days

    •39% drank some amount of alcohol.
    •22% binge drank.
    •8% drove after drinking alcohol.
    •24% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
    Other national surveys

    •In 2011 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 25% of youth aged 12 to 20 years drink alcohol and 16% reported binge drinking.7
    •In 2011, the Monitoring the Future Survey reported that 33% of 8th graders and 70% of 12th graders had tried alcohol, and 13% of 8th graders and 40% of 12th graders drank during the past month.8

    • Didn’t mean it as glorification. More as a window into a group of teenagers’ ridiculous behavior. Also, not denying that alcohol abuse among youth is no longer a problem, just that for some reason it is actually declining.

  3. Of course drinking alcohol among teens is declining. Prescription and street drugs took its place. Why? because Oxycotin, Xanax, Valium, Meth, Heroin etc…. are so much easier to obtain.

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