Alcohol abuse declines

Beer Institute finds underage drinking at 20-year lows

Feb 22, 2002 - The Beer Institute reports that alcohol abuse, specifically underage drinking, continues to decline. The trade association for brewery and suppliers cites data that shows:


- According to the 2001 American Freshman Survey, beer drinking among college freshman reached the lowest level ever recorded in the survey. The percentage of college freshman who say they drink beer frequently or occasionally was 36% lower in 2001 than it was in 1982.

- According to the 2001 University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future survey, the percentage of high school seniors who report having a drink in the last 30 days was 29% lower in 2001 than it was in 1982.

"America's brewers and wholesalers remain dedicated promoting responsible drinking as well as to finding and adopting creative and effective programs to address alcohol abuse," said Jeff Becker, president of the Institute.

Becker also reported that total U.S. beer consumption increased to approximately 198.8 million barrels in 2001, up from 197.6 million barrels in 2000.