Alcohol is the most commonly used substance among young people in the United States


Data from several national surveys document the use of alcohol among young people.

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students, during the past 30 days

29% drank alcohol.
14% binge drank.
5% of drivers drove after drinking alcohol.
17% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.

Rates of current and binge drinking among high school students have generally been declining in recent decades. Although males historically had higher rates, in 2019, female high school students were more likely to drink alcohol and binge drink than male high school students.

The CDC states that other national surveys find that: 

19% of young people aged 12 to 20 years reported drinking alcohol, 

  • 11% reported binge drinking in the past 30 days 

  • 8% of 8th grade students and 29% of 12th grade students reported drinking alcohol during the past 30 days 

  • 4% of 8th grade students and 14% of 12th grade students reported binge drinking during the past two weeks 

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