The percentage who don’t drink is increasing
The number of ninth graders who drink has fallen sharply since 2000. In the latest survey there were more drinkers amongst the girls (43 per cent) then the boys (36 per cent). These figures are the lowest since the survey began in 1971 – there are now more ninth grades who choose not to drink than ones who drink. The percentage of 2nd year upper secondary school students who drink has also fallen from almost 90 per cent (2004) to 72 per cent (2018). It’s not, in other words, true to say that “everyone else drinks”.
Fewer are getting drunk before the age of 13
Another trend that is moving in the right direction is the age at which young people first get drunk. The percentage of ninth graders who got drunk before reaching the age of 13 has decreased from about 20 per cent (2000) to 5 per cent (2018).
The role of parents is important
The fact that the trends are moving in the right direction doesn’t mean, however, that everything is sorted. The only way to ensure that this positive trend will continue is through the efforts of parents and society as a whole. Your role as a parent is very important in ensuring this trend is not reversed.