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Minnesota high school students drinking less, state analysis finds

The perception that most high school kids drink alcoholic beverages isn’t true, the Minnesota Department of Health reports. And it’s less true now — much less true — than it was at the beginning of the century.

“Youth drinking has consequences. It’s associated with troubles later in life and a host of bad outcomes in high school, such as mental health troubles, fights, risky sexual behavior and poor academic achievement,” state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said on Thursday in a statement accompanying the release of a Health Department analysis of the latest data on teen drinking in the state.


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