New Study Finds Youth Alcohol Use Is Down In Illinois, But Still Concerning

According to a new report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, teen drinking is down in Illinois, but still concerning.

Acting Research Director Jessica Reichert says the data shows that alcohol consumption by teens dropped by about eight percent between 2008 and 2017 …

Alcohol-related arrests were also down in Illinois by about 25 percent from 2005 to 2019.

Despite the decreases, Reichert says alcohol use by youth remains an important health and safety issue, since drinking can lead to risky behaviors, affect schoolwork, and alter brain development.