The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported underage drinking among high school students has dropped to a new low, declining 41 percent since the survey began in 1991. Additionally, the percentage of teens who reported driving when they had been drinking or riding with a driver who had been drinking also continues to decline.
While these are positive trends, parents must remain vigilant against underage drinking, especially during the summer. Research shows that most youth who drink obtain alcohol from home or from other adults. Be aware of your teen’s activities and make clear that you disapprove of underage drinking.
Importantly, strive to maintain an open dialogue with your son or daughter. While parents often think their teens are not listening to them, research also shows parents have the greatest influence over decisions regarding alcohol consumption.
Senior vice president of science
Distilled Spirits Council