Availability of Alcohol Among Youth As Measured by Monitoring The Future Study

"Although availability of alcohol among 12th grade students is near its lowest level recorded since first measured in 1999, at 86% it is still very high.

"More substantial changes in the availability of alcohol have taken place among 8th and 10th graders. For 8th graders availability declined from 76% in 1992 to 53% in 2017. For 10th graders availability is down from the peak level of 90% in 1996 to 72% in 2017. This may reflect some success in state and local efforts to reduce access by those who are under age. It is worth noting, however, that even after these declines, alcohol clearly remains available to the majority of teens."


Miech, R. A., Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., Schulenberg, J. E., & Patrick, M. E. (2018). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975–2017: Volume I, Secondary school students. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan. Available at