Underage Drinking

Student Survey
The Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC) with assistance from our Regional Action Council East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination, Inc. (ERASE)  and the cooperation of the Ellington Public Schools, sponsors an Alcohol and Drug Use Student Survey every 4 years for students in grades 6 through 12. Results of the survey are compiled by ERASE.
Supplying Alcohol to Youth...Is it Worth It. Know the Law.
Purpose of the Campaign
The Is It Worth It Campaign was created to reach the parents and older friends who knowingly supply alcohol to youth and inform them of the legal and civil consequences associated with underage drinking.

2009 Results
The survey in 2009 showed the following:
  • 49% of students in grades 6 through 8 and 80% of students in grades 9 through 12 think alcohol is easy to obtain.
  • Alcohol consumption increases significantly among youth entering high school.
  • There is a significant increase in alcohol use between grades 6 through 8 and 9 through 12. 
Focus Group Findings
During focus group in the spring of 2010, the majority of students shared they got alcohol from their homes and from older friends.

2013 Results
Results from the 2013 student survey showed that use in the past 30 days went down 2.3% in grades 6 through 8 and 10.1% in grades 9 through 12 since the 2009 survey.

2015 Results


Among students in grades 9-12, past month use rates for alcohol and prescription drugs have slightly increased since 2013; rates for tobacco, marijuana, and binge drinking have decreased since 2013.

Laws & Consequences of Underage Drinking
For a list of consequences, please visit our Laws and Consequences page.