How prevalent is underage drunk driving?

When the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility first started analyzing the surveys of students and alcohol usage, the reported usage among students was considerably higher than it is today. Unfortunately, the survey results are still cause for concern.

The Monitoring the Future Study survey is given to eighth, 10th and 12th grade students each year. While there is a substantial decline in alcohol usage from 1991 when the survey was first given, there is also a decline from 2012 to 2013 for most parts of the survey. Here are some of the results titled, “Drinking Patterns 2014.”

Eighth-grade results:

— 9 percent drank in the last month.

— 3 percent say they have been drunk in the past month.

— 3 percent say they have participated in binge drinking in the last month.

— 0 percent say they drink every day.

10th grade results:

— 24 percent drank in the last month.

— 11 percent have been drunk in the last month.

— 13 percent have participated in binge drinking in the last month.

— One percent said they drank every day

12th grade results:

— 37 percent said they drank in the past month.

— 24 percent have been drunk in the past month.

— 19 percent said they had participated in binge drinking in the last month.

— 2 percent said they had drank every day.

Binge drinking for the purpose of this study refers to having five or more alcoholic drinks in a row in the last two weeks.

In the past decade, underage drinking has declined according to the study. For eighth graders, it declined by 47 percent, for 10th graders, by 29 percent and by 12th graders, by 20 percent.

When a juvenile faces underage drinking charges, it can have an affect on many areas of his or her life. In order to try to mitigate the circumstances, representation by an experienced attorney may be needed.

Source: Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, “Underage Drinking Statistics,” accessed July 29, 2015