The Century Council has been a leader in the fight against underage drinking for nearly two decades. While rates have declined, alcohol consumption among youth under the legal drinking age remains at an alarming level.
More than 10 million youths, ages 12 to 20, in this country report they have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with increasing age according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2% at age 12 to 21% at age 16, and 56% at age 20.
The Century Council works with all segments of the community, including parents, youth, law enforcement, judges, educators, public officials, government agencies, and advocacy groups to provide valuable information and develop comprehensive programs to delay first consumption of alcohol, prevent underage drinking, and reduce the access to alcohol by minors.
The Century Council has created a number of research-based educational programs that address underage drinking at the elementary/middle-school, high school, and college levels, and track statistics and the latest available underage drinking research on this critical issue.
The Century Council has been fighting against drunk driving and underage drinking for two decades. During this period of time alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have declined 35%, and among our nation's under 21 population such fatalities have declined 58% since the Council's formation. Last year 41 states and D.C. had decreases in the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Consumption rates nationally and among those under the legal drinking age showed marked decreases in 2011 reaching historic low levels.