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While annual Monitoring the Future surveys show remarkable long-term declines in drinking prevalence among junior and senior high school students, the same surveys show some slight increases in drinking among young adults age 19-28, at least over the last decade. At the same time, attitudes about moderate and heavy drinking show some modest changes among this segment of the population. Just below 69% of 19-28 year olds drank monthly in 2008, according to MTF. That's up 2 points from 66.9% in 1998, though still 5 points below the 75% of 19-28 yr olds who drank monthly in the late 80s. Daily drinking among this age group increased from 4% to 5.3% over the last decade, though again that's down from 6.1% 20 years ago. Compare these trends to monthly drinking among 18 yr-olds, which dropped from 63.9% in 1988 to 52% in 98 then 43% in 2008. Similarly, daily drinking among 18 yr-olds declined from 4.2% to 3.9% to 2.8%. What about older adults? MTF data on those 30+ doesn't go as far back as the teen data, but monthly drinking among 35 yr-olds increased from 62.9% in 98 to 65% in 08; among 40 yr-olds the rate increased from…

Publishing Info

  • Year 2010
  • Volume 27
  • Issue # 3
While annual Monitoring the Future surveys show remarkable long-term declines in drinking prevalence among junior and senior high school students, the same surveys show some slight increases in drinking among young adults age 19-28, at least over the last decade. At the same time, attitudes about moderate and heavy drinking show some modest changes among this segment of the population. Just below 69% of 19-28 year olds drank monthly in 2008, according to MTF. That's up 2 points from 66.9% in 1998, though still 5 points below the 75% of 19-28 yr olds who drank monthly in the late 80s. Daily drinking among this age group increased from 4% to 5.3% over the last decade, though again that's down from 6.1% 20 years ago. Compare these trends to monthly drinking among 18 yr-olds, which dropped from 63.9% in 1988 to 52% in 98 then 43% in 2008. Similarly, daily drinking among 18 yr-olds declined from 4.2% to 3.9% to 2.8%. What about older adults? MTF data on those 30+ doesn't go as far back as the teen data, but monthly drinking among 35 yr-olds increased from 62.9% in 98 to 65% in 08; among 40 yr-olds the rate increased from…

Publishing Info

  • Year 2010
  • Volume 27
  • Issue # 3
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