Teenage Drinking on the Decline 

A recent survey shows a decline in alcohol use among Maine teenagers iscontinuing.The state Department of Health and Human Services based its results on data from nearly 75,000 students in 340 schools. Officials said 25% of those surveyed last year said they consumed alcohol in the past month, compared to 38% in a 1995 survey and 29% in 2006.In addition, binge drinking fell from 20% in 1995 to 13% last year.The department’s Office of Substance Abuse credits the drop to astatewide prevention plan that’s changing expectations about youthdrinking and sending the message that such behavior is not okay.