FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE
CASA STUDY IGNORES
POSITIVE TRENDS IN REDUCING UNDERAGE DRINKING
A statement by Jeff Becker, President of the Beer Institute:
Washington, DC, February 25, 2002 - "While we haven't had an opportunity to fully study the findings in the recent CASA study, their key findings clearly fly in the face of more than 20 years of positive trends in reducing underage drinking. National alcohol abuse indicators continue to show declines in teen and college drinking.
"In fact, according to the 2001 American Freshman Survey - sponsored by UCLA and the American Council on Education - beer drinking among college freshmen was 36 percent lower in 2001 than it was in 1982, marking the lowest level ever recorded.
"In addition, the 2001 University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future survey - sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse - revealed that the percentage of high school seniors who report having a drink in the last 30 days was 29 percent lower in 2001 than it was in 1982.
"Let me be perfectly clear. The brewing industry does not condone underage drinking and takes a proactive role in discouraging and preventing alcohol abuse. For the past two decades, the brewing industry has spent tens of millions of dollars to combat underage drinking. While more remains to be done, the industry is committed to creating and adopting proven programs to address alcohol abuse that include education, research, and public service campaigns around the country to ensure its products are enjoyed responsibly by legal drinking age adults."
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Beer Institute, established in 1986, is the national trade association for the brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. The Institute is committed to development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility.