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Published September 13, 2010, 10:07 PM

New Survey Shows Decrease In Student Alcohol Use

A new survey suggests drug and alcohol use among students in Grand Forks is dropping.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Results from the Grand Forks 2010 Risk and Protective Factor Survey say drug and alcohol usage among students is decreasing.

It is a survey given to students every couple of years to get a peak at risky student behaviors.

According to the survey 16-percent of students in grades 7-12 said they used alcohol in the past 30 days. This is down from 21-percent in 2008, the last time the survey was conducted.

The survey says bullying has decreased by two-percent since 2008. 28-percent of students in 7-12 said they have been bullied.

Also decreasing, 28-percent of students said they were sexually active, which is down from 31-percent.

According to Mary Lien, the Character Education and Prevention Coordinator for Grand Forks Schools, this survey is given every two years to students in grades 4-12.

It also looks at technology use and eating behaviors. Lien said a community like grand forks makes it easier to take steps towards positive solutions.

"I feel good about the students. Good about the youth in this town. I think youth are outstanding people in our area. Our community is a great place to raise kids and parents just get it," said Lien.

According to her, parents are the best teachers when it comes to finding positive solutions for risky or negative behaviors.

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