From the August 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Age Level Going Down?

Twelve-year-olds are becoming weekend drunks in the Buffalo area. Where drinking too much used to be almost exclusively an adult problem, now it is spreading downward in age to sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade pupils, "which means we are finding it in as young as 12," according to Joseph C. Donofrio, who directs Catholic Charities' drug-abuse education program in the Buffalo Diocesan schools.

"The boys and girls who are drinking a lot," he said, "are doing it for the most part at weekend parties in each other's homes, on Saturday and Sunday nights when their...

-- Rita Smith

Buffalo, New York