Adolescent Alcohol Use Statistics

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Monitoring the Future Survey

National Results on Adolescent Drug Use

 

Key Alcohol Findings 2003

 

Monitoring the Future is a long-term study of American students and young adults, conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  According to the 2003 survey, alcohol continues to be the most widely abused drug among adolescents in the United States. 

 

 

Percentage of Alcohol Use by 8th, 10th, and 12th Grade Students, 2003

Alcohol Use

8th Grade

10th Grade

12th Grade

Lifetime Use

Any Use

45.6

66.0

76.6

Been Drunk

20.3

42.4

58.1

Annual Use

Any Use

37.2

59.3

70.1

Been Drunk

14.5

34.7

48.0

30-Day Use

Any Use

19.7

35.4

47.5

Been Drunk

6.7

18.2

30.9

5+ Drinks in a Row in the Last 2 Weeks

11.9

22.2

27.9

 

 

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August 17, 2004

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