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A new survey of high school students shows that three out of four (77 percent) don’t drink alcohol. As part of Red Ribbon Week (October 21-25, 2013) — a nationally-observed week during which schools and communities help raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol among youth — Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and State Farm® are highlighting this finding that most teens are making smart decisions about alcohol. State Farm is the National Presenting Sponsor of MADD’s Power of You(th) program, which empowers teens to resist peer pressure and influence other teens to not drink alcohol before age 21.
According to the September 2013 survey of 695 high school students nationwide, the top five reasons why teens choose not to drink are:
2.Effect on health
3.Effect on grades
4.Parents don’t approve
5.Don’t want to be like others who drink
In addition, over half of the teens surveyed said that they’d be less likely to be friends with, or date, someone who drinks underage.