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Health Agencies Update
March 20, 2002

Dispute Over Teenage Drinking

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JAMA. 2002;287(11):1388. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1388-JHA20003-3-1

A highly regarded university center is challenging a key finding from the government's ongoing drug abuse survey, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

According to SAMHSA, teenagers consume 11.4% of all alcohol served in the United States. But in a report that garnered extensive national news coverage, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, New York City, reported that teenagers consume 25% of the nation's alcoholic beverages.

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