Reports & Research
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Underage Drinking in U.S. and Other Countries

There’s a continuing argument that the lower drinking ages in many European countries lead to more responsible drinking habits among their young people. However, recent evidence has proven this claim to be false. See below for more data.

Youth Drinking Rates and Problems: A Comparison of European Countries and the United States

This research addresses whether or not European youths drink more responsibly than their American counterparts. The data shows that, with the exception of Turkey, the United States had lower reported instances of alcohol abuse than any other European nation.

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Sources: 2003 ESPAD Survey and 2003 Monitoring the Future Survey