Despite what pop culture may tell you
, college-age youth aren't the party boys and girls folks often think they are.
's Lylah Alphonse reports
that according to a survey
of nearly a million freshman youth on college campuses across the country, only 33% of them reported drinking in 2012. This is down 2 points from 2011 and a whopping 40 points from the, er, high point in 1982, when 73.7% of freshman copped to enjoying libations.
It's representative of a newer, more serious-minded attitude among college youth, who are perhaps being sobered by their poor
employment prospects upon leaving school.
"[The study] found that an all-time high of 87.9 percent of freshman said they were attending college 'to be able to get a better job,'" writes Alphonse, "a stark contrast to students in 1976, just 67.8 percent of whom said that job prospects played a part in their decision to go to college."