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Results of Young Adult Alcohol Opinion survey released

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has released the latest Young Adult Alcohol Opinion survey.
Members of the Division of Behavioral Health conducted the annual survey with more than 3,468 young adults ages 19 to 25 participating, including young adults in the panhandle.

Health experts say the survey holds some good news and bad news.

During the last three years, binge drinking is up eight percent among 19 to 20 year old guys and up four percent in girls.

But alcohol-impaired driving has decreased eight percent in the past three years across the board.

The report shows that underage binge drinking of all forms, whether for those under 18 or those 18-20, was viewed strongly as wrong or very wrong. 93 percent of young adults perceived it as wrong or very wrong for individuals under the age of 18 to get drunk, and 79 percent perceiving it as wrong or very wrong for those age 18-20 to get drunk.
There was also a strong disapproval of providing alcohol to minors, with 83 percent of young adults perceiving it as wrong or very wrong to provide alcohol to individuals under 21 years of age.

 Faith Mills with Region1 Behavioral Health Authority in Scottsbluff says alcohol use is down nearly 24 percent in panhandle high schoolers during the last ten years.

"It's graduation time so I think the biggest thing the PPC would ask the community to do is ask parents of graduating seniors to not include alcohol at their graduation parties. Make it a drug and alcohol free event," said Mills.
Researchers say the survey was initiated because there was very little data available on the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of young adults about alcohol. The survey was paid for by funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of Highway Safety.  The report can be found at

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