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Report: Drinking Alcohol on Decline for Younger Americans

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By    |   Thursday, 09 August 2018 10:31 PM

Young Americans are drinking less alcohol, a new study found.

According to the Monitoring the Future Study, an annual national survey of 50,000 adolescents and young adults, alcohol use has dropped steeply since the 1990s.

The decline is most significant in teens, but also present among adults in their 20s — and is a trend that has been recorded in Australia, the U.K., and several European countries, Philly.com reported.

"Just like we got people to stop thinking smoking is cool, maybe we're finally seeing a change in the perception of alcohol," Robert Bassett, associate medical director of the Poison Control Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, told the news outlet.

The outlet notes studies have shown most young people drink for social reasons — but social media is now the big draw, and Bassett noted, "That naturally lends itself to less drinking."

Philadelphia bartender Kevin Lopez told the news outlet young people are opting for quality over quantity, picking craft cocktails and microbrews — "drinking less to get drunk and more to appreciate."

Others have rejected booze to focus on health and wellness.

"I don't feel like garbage the next day," musician Nick Harris, 30, said of his decision to drink water or soda during a set, Philly.com reported.

The Monitoring the Future study also found use of most illicit drugs declined, along with alcohol — with one notable exception: marijuana, Philly.com reported.

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