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Published: 10/04/2011

GOOD NEWS — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently reported in its 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that the rates of underage drinking declined to record-low levels. According to the survey, the rate of current alcohol consumption among youths aged 12 to 20 declined 3 percent since 2009 and 9 percent since 2002 to 26.3 percent, a record low. The rate of current alcohol use among youths aged 12 to 17 is also at a record low of 13.6 percent, down 7 percent from the 2009 rate of 14.7 percent and 23 percent lower than the 2002 rate.