Decline in Teenage Alcohol Abuse

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Every day the news burdens us with tragic stories of opioid abuse. We hear countless horror stories, but rarely does a glimmer of light shine through. So let’s talk about some good news!

A Dramatic Drop

Let’s take a moment to look away from the doom and gloom in the news and have a glance at some good news from Broward County, Florida. It is true that the county is dealing with significant challenges with drug abuse, but when it comes to teenage alcohol abuse, things are looking up! According to Drug Free Broward, between 2006 and 2016 there has been a major decline in teenage alcohol abuse. The same period has also seen a similar drop in binge drinking for the same age group.


Let’s look at a few numbers:

  • High school binge drinking: 7.9 percentage point decrease
  • Middle school binge drinking: 2.6 percentage point decrease
  • Students trying alcohol for the first time before age 13: 23.6 percentage point decrease
  • High school alcohol use: 9.6 percentage point decrease
  • Middle school alcohol use: 10.1 percentage point decrease

You Too Can Get Sober

While not all substance abuse trends in Broward are heading in a good direction, let’s not lose sight of the good. It is important to realize that these numbers represent real lives. Any change in the right direction improves the wellbeing of real people.


If you are a teenager abusing alcohol—or have one in your family—you don’t have to be an unfortunate statistic. You can join the mass of people of your age who are getting clean and sober. There are many options available for recovery. There are people available who are ready and willing to listen to your story in a nonjudgmental way and are eager to help you back on the right path. Contact us now and learn how to make that happen.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.