New Maine Survey Shows “Large Gap” Between Parents’ Expectations, Teen Drinking

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Yesterday, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network alerted us to some new data from the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, which revealed a “large gap” between parents’ beliefs and teens’ behaviors in regard to alcohol consumption:

“According to a statewide phone survey, 26 percent of Maine parents believed that their high school-aged teens had never had more than a few sips of alcohol, while 65 percent of Maine high school teens said they’ve had at least one alcoholic drink.

More than 20 percent of teens acknowleged having had more than five drinks in a row, defined as binge drinking, while less than 2 percent of parents believed that their children had engaged in such behavior.”

Binge drinking is already happening at the high school level, and Legal Age 21 isn’t doing much to prevent this behavior. The full surveys are available here – let us know what you think in the comments.

3 Responses to “New Maine Survey Shows “Large Gap” Between Parents’ Expectations, Teen Drinking”

  1. Anthony Rhodes Says:

    My God. How can people be so….naive?

  2. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its essential componenets. If the long-sleeve shirt from Choose Responsibility is avaliable, I will buy it before November. The drinking age of 21 has created this disconnet between parents and girls and boys since because people 20 under can’t drink, this secrecy eludes parents too. I believe that 17 year old girls and boys, upon reaching 17, should be allowed to drink alcohol in their home with their parents thus giving them a sense of responsibility regarding alcohol.

  3. Ajax the Great Says:

    Naive is right. Or perhaps the parents just have their heads in the sand, which is made easier by a 21 drinking age.