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TABLE 9-2 Sources of Alcohol Used by Underage Drinkers in Minnesota During Past 30 Days (in percent)

Source

Grade 6

Grade 9

Grade 12

Friends

39.3

69.3

72.3

Family

48.7

28.8

18.2

Parties

32.1

55.6

59.8

Took from home

33.1

33.2

11.8

Took from friend’s home

15.9

17.7

5.0

Got someone to buy it for me

14.0

35.3

52.6

Bought at store

8.3

7.6

8.5

Bought at bar or restaurant

8.1

4.6

7.5

Took from store

10.0

6.5

2.5

 

SOURCE: Data from Harrison et al. (2000).

TABLE 9-3 Sources of Alcohol for Underage Drinkers (in percent)

 

Source Person

Study and Measure

Sample Population

Purchased

Person Under 21

21 or Older

Parent

Preusser et al. (1995); ever used

New York College

75

69

73

31

Pennsylvania College

59

64

76

22

New York High School

43

67

44

23

Pennsylvania High School

30

55

50

14

Schwartz et al. (1998); ever used

Virginia Pediatrician’sOffice

30

Virginia College

44

New York High School

35

Southeast Substance Abuse Program

52

Wagenaar et al. (1996); used past 30 days

9th Graders

3

29

46

27

12th Graders

9

29

60

6

18- to 20-year-olds

14

10

68

11

Use of commercial sources appears to be much higher among college students, in urban settings, and where possession and purchase laws are relatively weak or unenforced. Thus, for example, in one survey, 75 percent of college students from New York—where the purchase and possession of alcohol by minors were not illegal at the time of the study and where the use of false identification was punishable by a relatively small fine—reported



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