A report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has noted that underage drinking has been on the decline over the past decade. The study, which began in 2002, showed levels of underage drinking at around 28.8% of the young adult population. When the study period ended in 2013, the rate of underage drinking had fallen to 22.7%. SAMHSA points to increased efforts surrounding awareness campaigns, community coalitions, policy change, and law enforcement efforts, all contributing to the declining rate of youth drinking alcohol. Binge drinking rates also fell during this period, from 19.3% to 14.2%.
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