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In honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month, the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition is sharing results from the 2023 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) to help parents and caregivers understand the important role they play in preventing underage drinking. 

According to the 2023 HYS, 9 percent of 10th graders in Washington reported current alcohol use, defined as drinking within the past 30 days. Over the last 20 years, current alcohol use among Washington 10th graders has declined significantly from 33 percent! This wouldn’t have been possible without you – Washington parents and caregivers. Thank you for supporting and empowering your teens to make healthy choices, like choosing not to drink.

In Washington: 

The 2023 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) data was just released!

Every other year, middle and high school students at participating schools across Washington State voluntarily answer survey questions about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on a variety of health and safety topics. This includes school and community safety, anxiety and depression, substance use, food security, housing, and health behaviors.

HYS is a statewide, collaborative effort of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Washington Health Care Authority (HCA), and the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB).

Results from the survey are located on the www.AskHYS.net website.  

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As football fans and Swifties across the country are preparing for this year's super bowl, it's important to remember that some people may choose to cheer their team to victory without consuming alcohol or using cannabis. Regardless of why someone chooses to pass, their decision should be honored and respected. 

Here are some tips to ensure the gatherings you're attending or hosting are inclusive of all guests and prioritize their safety:

  1. Provide alcohol-free options: Stock up on water, juices, and sparkling sodas to offer your guests a variety of refreshing choices.
  2. Focus on food: Put an emphasis on delicious snacks and meals to complement the social atmosphere, shifting the attention away from alcoholic beverages.
  3. Clearly label food and... read more