Last month the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative (NCPUDI) released a report on the state of underage drinking in North Carolina, including NCPUDI results as well as North Carolina and national comparisons. NCPUDI focuses on community-based approaches emphasizing environmental management strategies. Here are highlights from the report:

In North Carolina from 1998 to 2011 there has been a:

  • — 41% reduction in alcohol use before age 13;
  • — 20% reduction in past 30 day use of alcohol; and
  • — 23% reduction in binge drinking.

Compared to the Nation, North Carolina ranks:

  • — 44th lowest in 12-20 year old past 30 day use;
  • — 48th lowest in 12-20 year old binge drinking; and
  • — 45th lowest in alcohol related traffic fatalities among 15-20 year olds and 41% lower than the national average.

For a copy of the report, click here.