There's a positive trend happening in Oregon involving high schoolers and middle schoolers. And in very large part, it has to do with parents taking a larger role in preventing underage drinking and teen drug abuse.
And for that, parents should be congratulated!
According to the Oregon Health Teens Survey, alcohol use among 11th graders and 8th graders (the classes surveyed) continues to go down. The same is true for illegal drugs, except for marijuana and the illegal use of prescription drugs.
The survey reports that the percentage of 11th graders who used alcohol in the mon
Just visited Beaverton's Old Navy store, and sure enough, t-shirts with drinking themes continue to adorn the shelves. The shirts include a Santa drinking from a keg and the theme "Beer Pressure: Worth Giving Into."
This is a chain that caters to teens. And OP has been on Old Navy's case and its parent company, Gap, for a year now.
Some encouraging results from the latest Oregon Healthy Teens Survey regarding underage drinking.
Among 8th graders surveyed, 23.2 percent said they had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, down from 25.8 percent in ’07. So, good news there.
In addition, 8th-grade girls are drinking less compared with '07.
Among 11th-graders in '09, 38.4 percent said they had at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days.