Complete Indicator Profile - Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking - Adolescents (Grades 9-12) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 15B)

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State of Alaska

Complete Indicator Profile of Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking - Adolescents (Grades 9-12) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 15B)

Definition

Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who reported binge drinking (consumption of 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a couple of hours) on at least one occasion in the past 30 days.

Numerator

Number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded one or more days to the question: "During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?"

Denominator

Number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) with complete and valid responses for the question.

Why Is This Important?

Alcohol and substance abuse have a devastating impact on individuals, families and entire communities across Alaska. The effects of alcohol and other drug abuse include unintentional and intentional injuries, violence, high-risk sexual behaviors, cirrhosis, and alcohol poisoning. Alaska experiences a disparately high rate of alcohol induced mortality compared to the U.S. Alcohol and other drug use is common among adolescents and is a strong predictor of dependence in later life.

Healthy People Objective SA-14.4:

Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month--Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years
U.S. Target: 8.5 percent
State Target: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 17.0%

How Do We Compare With U.S.?

For all years reported, the percentage of high school students who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days was lower in Alaska than in the U.S. overall. In 2011, the most recent year with U.S. data, this percentage was 16.5% in Alaska and 21.9% in the U.S.

Available Services

NATIONAL:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service provides a toll-free telephone number for alcohol and drug information/treatment referral assistance. The number is: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).



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Graphical Data Views

Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 1995-2019

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Alaska Comparisons Year Percentage of Adolescents (grades 9-12) who binge drink Lower Limit Upper Limit
Record Count: 33
All Alaskans 1995 31.3% 28.3% 34.6%
All Alaskans 1997 **
All Alaskans 1999 **
All Alaskans 2001 **
All Alaskans 2003 26.5% 22.5% 30.9%
All Alaskans 2005 **
All Alaskans 2007 25.8% 22.3% 29.6%
All Alaskans 2009 21.7% 18.9% 24.8%
All Alaskans 2011 16.5% 14.0% 19.5%
All Alaskans 2013 12.8% 10.3% 15.8%
Alaska Natives 1995 31.3% 24.9% 38.6%
Alaska Natives 1997 **
Alaska Natives 1999 **
Alaska Natives 2001 **
Alaska Natives 2003 26.8% 17.0% 39.7%
Alaska Natives 2005 **
Alaska Natives 2007 26.9% 18.3% 37.6%
Alaska Natives 2009 19.0% 14.3% 24.8%
Alaska Natives 2011 12.4% 8.8% 17.3%
Alaska Natives 2013 11.0% 7.3% 16.2%
U.S. 1995 32.6% 29.5% 35.7%
U.S. 1997 33.4% 31.2% 35.6%
U.S. 1999 31.5% 29.6% 33.5%
U.S. 2001 29.9% 27.8% 32.0%
U.S. 2003 28.3% 26.3% 30.4%
U.S. 2005 25.5% 23.3% 27.9%
U.S. 2007 26.0% 24.0% 28.0%
U.S. 2009 24.2% 22.6% 25.9%
U.S. 2011 21.9% 21.0% 22.8%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2013 17.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2015 17.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2017 17.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2019 17.0%

Data Notes

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 17.0%

** Data Not Available.   Traditional high schools are public high schools that are distinct from correspondence schools, alternative high schools, which serve students at risk of not graduating, and students enrolled in high school in correctional facilities. Healthy Alaskans 2020 goals were established using results from traditional high school students.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, School Health and YRBS Program
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


References and Community Resources

NATIONAL:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse Facility Locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

More information on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System may be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/yrbs/index.htm

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 02/20/2014, Published on 02/20/2014
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Content updated: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:26:31 AKST