Fewer College Freshmen Say They Drank and Smoked in High School

A survey of college freshmen finds many fewer of them report drinking and smoking in high school, compared with first-year college students in previous years. In 2014, the survey found 33.5 percent of freshmen said they frequently or occasionally drank beer the previous year, compared with 45.5 percent a decade ago, and 74.2 percent in 1981.

Last year, 38.7 percent of college freshmen said they drank wine or hard liquor in their senior year of high school, down from 52 percent a decade ago, and 67.8 percent in 1987, the Los Angeles Times reports. Only 1.7 percent of freshmen said they smoked cigarettes frequently their last year in high school, compared with 9.2 percent in 1981.

Almost 11 percent of freshmen said they spent six hours or more a week at parties in their senior year of high school, compared with 23 percent 10 years ago.

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