Greater Cincinnati teens show decrease in underage drinking

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati is releasing its latest survey results on underage drinking.

Since 2000 the coalition has asked students between 7th and 12th grades about alcohol use and influence.

In 2000, 30 percent of students admitted drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. In 2012, the number has dropped to 17 percent.

"The access piece and availability piece of how easy they think it is to get is also improving which we're really excited about," says coalition President, Executive Director and CEO Mary Haag.

Because it appears alcohol is getting harder for teens to get Haag says the prevention and raising awareness techniques are working.

"Lots of messaging about parents not hosting and more compliance checks and enforcing the laws as they stand," says Haag.

Thursday night the coalition hosted a town hall featuring a panel of local Hamilton County high school students.

Drug and alcohol free, Anderson High School Junior Jennifer La Count says the media is really the largest influence in a teenagers life.

"When you watch the Super Bowl the majority of the commercials are usually alcohol look one place and you try to actually stay away from alcohol but it's all around you, the influence is all around you," says La Count.

Topic summaries and regional key findings from 2000 to 2012 are available here.

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