What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
High school students’ alcohol use has been falling for over 30 years across all measures and all ages, according to the latest data released on Tuesday, December 17, at midnight EST by The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The 2013 Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students’ use of and attitudes towards alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs and tobacco. We will provide an in-depth analysis of the latest data shortly but here are the significant results:
Of course, all underage alcohol use is illegal, so any reported drinking means these students are breaking the law. The efficacy of the drinking age is a separate subject deserving of its own discussion but the drop in drinking behavior is encouraging. As we have reported here, all national studies have demonstrated that underage drinking rates have been dropping consistently while attitudes toward underage drinking, especially drinking and driving, have improved greatly.