New data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that teens in the state continue to drink less than in previous years.
According to analysis from the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey, drinking among 9th grade students declined between 2013 and 2016 in all categories including early alcohol initiation. Twelve-percent of 9th graders reported using alcohol.
Between 2001 and 2016, the percentage of students in 9th grade who started drinking before age 13 dropped from 30-percent to 11-percent.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reports that about 7.3 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 20 report current alcohol consumption.