Adolescent Alcohol Use Statistics: Key Findings from the 2000-2001 Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) Survey

Overview:

PRIDE measures the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use by young people in the United States. More than 75,000 students, grades 6-12, participated in the 2000-2001 survey.

Key Findings:

  • 75.1% of students who report carrying a gun to school use liquor.
  • 64% of students who report taking part in gang activities use liquor.
  • 61.5% of students who report thinking about committing suicide use liquor.
  • 62.9% of students who report getting into trouble with police use liquor.
  • More students who report alcohol use first drank between the ages 12-13.  12.9% of students who report drinking beer, 13.1% of students who report drinking wine, and 11.4% of students who report drinking liquor, first drank between the ages of 12-13.
  • Students report that it is "fairly easy" to "very easy" to get alcohol. 55.3% of students report that it is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get beer.  52.2% of students report that it is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get wine coolers, and 47.6% of students report that it is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get liquor.
Percentage of Students Who Report Using Alcohol, by Beverage Type
Grade Beer Wine Coolers Liquor Any Alcohol
Junior High Annual Use 24.5 27.4 17.3 36.5
Monthly Use 7.9 7.7 6.0 11.0
Senior High Annual Use 54.5 50.6 52.8 67.5
Monthly Use 30.9 22.3 28.7 37.0
12th Grade Annual Use 62.4 54.4 62.5 74.6
Monthly Use 40.1 25.3 37.0 46.4
Total Annual Use 39.7 39.1 35.2 52.1
Monthly Use 19.5 15.0 17.4 24.1

Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education. (July 2001). PRIDE Questionnaire Report: 2000-01 National Summary, Grades 6 Through 12. Bowling Green, KY.

Online:www.pridesurveys.com

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