alcohol

Alcohol Information

The Facts:

60.4%

of students (grades 9-12)
reported ever drinking alcohol
at least once in their life*

23.1%

of eighth graders reported ever
drinking alcohol at least once
in their life**

29.8%

of students reported current alcohol use
(at least one alcoholic drink in the last 30
days prior to taking the survey)*

13.5%

of students had had four or more drinks of alcohol in a row if they were female or five or more drinks of alcohol in a row if they were male within a couple of hours on at least one day during the thirty days prior to taking the survey (qualifying criteria for measuring binge drinking)*

4.4%

of students had reported ten
or more as the largest number
of alcoholic drinks they
had had in a row, within
a couple of hours, during the
thirty days prior to taking
the survey*

15.5%

of students reported
having their first
drink (more than a
couple of sips) of
alcohol prior to
thirteen years
of age*

* According to 2017 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS)
** According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey

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