(HealthDay)—A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years.
But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks.
Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion within a few hours, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
“Alcohol use continues to be a serious public health issue for young people, their families, and communities,” said Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA.
“We’ve made plenty of progress through prevention efforts, yet the work still needs to continue.” she said in an agency news release.
The findings about underage drinking appear in a report issued by SAMHSA and are based on…