While college presidents have recently been the most vocal on the subject of underage drinking, most American youth start using alcohol well before moving on to college. In Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, teens are no exception. Based on a February 2008 survey, 77% of LFHS seniors have used alcohol in the past year, 60% reported alcohol use in the past 30 days, and 42% report binge drinking in the past 2 weeks. Average age of first drink was 15 years of age, but over half of those who drink in high school indicated they started drinking before starting high school. These levels are above the national, regional, and county averages, and it appears that other communities around the country similar in demographics to Lake Forest/Lake Bluff have higher levels, too.