Report: Underage drinking numbers down

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol.

A new government report finds that underage drinking dropped from 28 percent to 22 percent from 2002 to 2013.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, binge drinking among teens dropped five percent during the same period.

There are some people who credit younger people being more responsible.

Louise Kidder of Chicopee said, “If we can send our men and women off to war, and they can’t have a beer? I don’t think that’s right.”

Experts attribute the drops in underage and binge drinking, in part, to stronger laws that crack down on fake ID’s and those who serve alcohol to minors.

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