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Alcohol Rates Continue to Decrease Among Teens

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

In December of 2019, the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey was publicized showing up-to-date data on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among teens. The report showed that alcohol consumption continues to decline among the nation's 8th, 10th and 12th graders

For the three grades combined (8th, 10th and 12th) the proportion of students reporting lifetime, annual, past month alcohol consumption, and binge drinking are at or near the lowest levels since the study began in 1975.

Similarly, our local surrounding communities, including Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Palatine collect data every 2 years, using the Illinois Youth Survey, also known by its acronym IYS. The survey is currently being implemented by middle and high schools throughout spring of 2020. Although alcohol rates are lower nationwide than ever before, it continues to be the most used substance among teens having its own consequences to the developing brain. Guiding good choices, setting clear family rules, and having prevention conversations with teens are strongly encouraged. For more information on the MTF Survey, please visit or visit, to find local prevention efforts.

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