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Survey Shows Decline in Underage Drinking

Findings from a new survey point to a significant decrease in underage drinking among college students in Springfield. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Only 67 percent of students surveyed from Drury, Evangel, Missouri State and OTC reported having an alcoholic drink in 2008—that’s down seven percent from 2004.“This is really, incredibly good news as far as the college population goes,” said Melissa Haddow, executive director of Community Parnership of the Ozarks, which secured the grant that paid for the survey.

Haddow attributes the decline to local colleges stepping up their measures against underage and binge drinking.

Also in the report: when asked about prevention, nearly 80 percent of students reported being aware of campus programs highlighting the dangers of binge drinking, compared to only about 15 percent of students in 2004.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.