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Alcohol consumption by high school undergraduate students falls in Minnesota



MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Fewer freshman freshers in Minnesota drink alcohol. This will be according to new data from the Department of Health

The 2016 Minnesota Student Survey found 12 percent of high school freshers say they drink.

That's 8 percent from 2007, when 20 percent of ninth graders said they drank more than a few sips of alcohol before the age of thirteen.

About 38 percent of high school freshers who drank said they also drink alcohol.

"Teenage drinking has consequences. It is associated with difficulties later in life and a variety of poor outcomes in high school, such as mental health issues, struggles, risky sexual behavior, and poor academic performance," said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

"It is important for children to know that a majority of high school students, unlike public opinion, do not drink alcohol."

According to health officials, Minnesota has a lower drinking rate for teens than the nation and surrounding states. 1

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