Complete Indicator Profile of Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking - Adolescents (Grades 9-12) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 15B)
DefinitionPercentage 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.
NumeratorNumber 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?"
DenominatorNumber 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.
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
Data NotesHealthy 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.
References and Community ResourcesNATIONAL:
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 LinksAlaska 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.
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Page Content Updated On 08/06/2014, Published on 08/06/2014