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State of Alaska

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

Definition

Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded one or more days on the[http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)] 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?"

Numerator

Weighted number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded one or more days on the YRBS 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

Weighted number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) with complete and valid responses for the question on the YRBS.

Data Interpretation Issues

Alaska has conducted a statewide Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 1995 and biennially from 2003. Weighted data were not obtained in 2005 and therefore no statewide estimates are available for that year. A YRBS survey conducted in 1999 did not include the Anchorage School District and therefore was not considered a valid statewide estimate. No YRBS survey was conducted in Alaska in 1997 and 2001. Traditional high schools are sometimes called comprehensive high schools. They are public high schools that are distinct from alternative high schools, which serve students at risk of not graduating, charter schools, correspondence schools, and students enrolled in high school in correctional facilities. Responses are weighted to reflect youth attending public traditional high schools in Alaska. Questions on adolescent (grades 9-12) binge drinking have been asked on the Alaska YRBS since 1995.

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, 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.^1^ [[br]] [[br]] ---- {{class .SmallerFont 1. [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh/Pages/Prevention/programs/substanceabuse/default.aspx Prevention and Early Intervention]. Substance Abuse Prevention Program, Division of Behavioral Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. (accessed 9/15/2015). }}

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month--Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years

U.S. Target: 8.5%

Other Objectives

Health Alaskans 2020 Leading Health Indicator 15: Reduce the number of Alaskans experiencing alcohol and other drug dependence and abuse. Indicator 15.b: Reduce the percentage of adolescents (high school students in grades 9-12) who report binge drinking in the past 30 days (based on the following criteria: 5 or more alcoholic drinks in a row within a couple of hours, at least once in the past 30 days) to 17% by 2020.

How Are We Doing?

The prevalence of binge drinking in Alaska in 2015 meets the Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA2020) goal of 17.0% with all Alaskan adolescents at 12.5% and 11.6% among Alaska Native adolescents. The attainment of the HA2020 is broad-based with only those students who are 18 years of age and older or in 12th grade exceeding the objective. Regional disparity exists in the occurrence of binge drinking with the Gulf Coast and Kenai Peninsula Borough regions having the highest prevalence for both all Alaska youth and Alaska Native youth. Since binge drinking data started being collected in 1995, the prevalence among all Alaskan adolescents has fallen from 31.3% to 12.5% in 2015, a 60% reduction. Despite the public health success in reducing adolescent binge drinking, the perception that drinking 5 or more alcohol beverages once or twice a week has slight or no risk of harm has increased to 36.2% for all Alaska adolescents and 44.1% for Alaska Native adolescents. A detailed discussion of adolescent binge drinking occurs in the [https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/media/ReportToCongress/2014/state_reports/alaska_profile.pdf Alaska State Profiles and Underage Drinking Facts] from the Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking.^2^ Prevalence rates from the YRBS are initially presented for binge drinking by all Alaska adolescents, Alaska Native adolescents, and the mean of the national YRBS. Subsequent analyses display binge drinking prevalence by demographic subpopulations (i.e., sex, age, use before age 13, race/ethnicity, ethnicity, grade level, and academic achievement) and regions. These are followed by analyses of the question whether students think drinking 5 or more alcohol beverages once or twice a week has slight or no risk of harm.[[br]] [[br]] ---- {{class .SmallerFont 2. Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. U.S. Department of Health and Social Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. June 2015. [https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/resources/reporttocongress/rtc2014.aspx]. }}

How Do We Compare With the 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 2013, the most recent year with U.S. data, this percentage was 12.8% in Alaska and 20.8% in the United States. Since 2007, all Alaska and Alaska Native adolescents' prevalence of binge drinking has declined more sharply than the national average. Extreme binge drinking of 10 or more drinks among adolescents in Alaska at 3.5% in 2013 was only two-thirds of the national rate of 6.1%.

Evidence-based Practices

As part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 health improvement process, groups of Alaska subject matter experts met over a period of months in a rigorous review process to identify and prioritize strategies to address the 25 health priorities. Public health partners around the state are aligning work around these approaches adapted to Alaska's unique needs. '''Strategy 1:''' [[br]]Provide the Prime for Life curriculum for alternative high school students, Job Corps participants, and youth caught with alcohol or any illegal substance. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]The Prime For Life curriculum was developed by the Prevention Research Institute in Kentucky and has been widely tested throughout the United States and in Sweden. Providing practical and useful information, this research-based program leads the student through a process of self-evaluation and reflection upon his or her own personal decisions around alcohol and other drug use. '''Sources:''' [[br]][http://www.primeforlife.org/Programs/PRIME_For_Life_PreventionPrevention Research Institute - PRIME for life] [http://www.voaak.org/Services/Prevention--Intervention/Prime-for-Life Volunteers of America - Alaska PRIME For Life] '''Strategy 2:''' [[br]]Use the Positive Community Norms approach in a media campaign to promote attitude and behavior change around alcohol use among teens and young adults. The campaign will focus on evidence-based environmental prevention strategies to change social norms regarding youth alcohol. This approach maximizes communication, outcomes, and economic use of resources, while reducing duplicate and ineffective approaches. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]Based on several extensively researched theories in psychology and health education, the Positive Community Norms (PCN) framework can be used to improve health and safety by increasing positive norms within communities. '''Sources:''' [[br]][http://www.mostofus.org/about-us/what-is-the-positive-community-norms-framework/ Most of Us: Positive Community Norms Framework] [http://www.mostofus.org/resources/references/ Most of Us: References] '''Strategy 3:''' [[br]]Increase the social and emotion skills in children of all ages through institutionalizing formal learning standards and implementing curricula for social emotional learning. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]Social and emotional learning programs have been implemented in various settings. These programs have been shown to decrease aggression and hostility, increase academic achievement, and improve relationships with peers and adults. '''Sources:''' [[br]][http://www.edutopia.org/sel-research-evidence-based-programs Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs] [http://www.casel.org/research Social and Emotional Learning Research] A listing of strategies, actions, and key partners on this measure can be found at: [http://hss.state.ak.us/ha2020/assets/Actions-Partners_15_BingeDrinking.pdf].

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 ComparisonsYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 37
All Alaskans199531.3%28.3%34.6%5071,603
All Alaskans1997**
All Alaskans1999**
All Alaskans2001**
All Alaskans200326.5%22.6%30.8%3801,458
All Alaskans2005**
All Alaskans200725.8%22.3%29.5%3161,283
All Alaskans200921.7%18.8%24.8%2751,341
All Alaskans201116.7%14.1%19.6%2231,298
All Alaskans201312.8%10.3%15.8%1541,182
All Alaskans201512.5%10.8%14.6%1751,377
Alaska Natives199531.3%24.8%38.7%57179
Alaska Natives1997**
Alaska Natives1999**
Alaska Natives2001**
Alaska Natives200326.8%17.0%39.7%78287
Alaska Natives2005**
Alaska Natives200726.9%18.3%37.6%66250
Alaska Natives200919.0%14.3%24.8%49292
Alaska Natives201112.4%8.8%17.3%38300
Alaska Natives201311.0%7.3%16.2%32269
Alaska Natives201511.6%8.5%15.6%39349
U.S.199532.6%29.5%35.7%
U.S.199733.4%31.2%35.6%
U.S.199931.5%29.6%33.5%
U.S.200129.9%27.8%32.0%
U.S.200328.3%26.3%30.4%
U.S.200525.5%23.3%27.9%
U.S.200726.0%24.0%28.0%
U.S.200924.2%22.6%25.9%
U.S.201121.9%21.0%22.8%
U.S.201320.8%19.1%22.7%
U.S.2015**
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available

Data Sources

  • [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported drinking 10 or more drinks within a couple of hours in the past 30 days, all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 2013

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Nearly one-third (29.3%) of adolescent binge drinkers (20.8%) consumed 10 or more alcoholic drinks (6.1%) on at least one occasion during the past 30 days on the national YRBS.
Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 3
All Alaskans20133.5%2.5%4.9%401,135
Alaska Natives20133.0%1.5%6.0%9249
U.S.20136.1%5.2%7.1%

Data Notes

Definition: Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded "10 or more drinks" on the YRBS to the question: "During the past 30 days, what is the largest number of alcoholic drinks you had in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?" Numerator: Weighted number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded "10 or more drinks" on the YRBS to the question: "During the past 30 days, what is the largest number of alcoholic drinks you had in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?" Denominator: Weighted number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) with complete and valid responses for the question. The question on consumption of 10 or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours was only asked in 2013.

Data Sources

  • [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by sex, all Alaskans, 1995-2019

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HA: Males vs. FemalesYearpercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
Males199535.0%31.2%38.9%282798
Males200329.1%24.9%33.7%211747
Males200727.3%23.3%31.6%168633
Males200923.3%19.0%28.2%138630
Males201116.7%13.8%20.1%105631
Males201312.9%10.1%16.3%74563
Males201512.9%10.3%16.1%91681
Females199527.2%23.6%31.2%22.1799
Females200323.4%18.5%29.0%163700
Females200723.9%19.3%29.3%144642
Females200919.9%16.7%23.6%135704
Females201116.7%13.0%21.2%116662
Females201312.4%9.3%16.3%78615
Females201512.0%9.6%14.9%82692
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by age, all Alaskans, 1995-2019

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HA: Adolescent Age GroupsYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 39
14 or Younger199519.6%14.0%26.9%31164
14 or Younger200313.1%8.3%20.1%18144
14 or Younger200712.7%8.2%19.1%19142
14 or Younger200910.7%6.9%16.3%16140
14 or Younger201113.7%9.0%20.3%25164
14 or Younger20136.7%3.5%12.3%9137
14 or Younger20153.5%1.5%7.8%5142
15199526.0%22.4%29.8%111425
15200318.3%14.4%22.9%76425
15200718.2%13.9%23.4%61342
15200918.6%14.6%23.4%67364
15201111.3%8.2%15.4%47387
1520139.8%6.4%14.7%32327
1520157.8%5.2%11.1%30358
16199533.0%27.6%38.8%140426
16200327.1%20.0%35.5%95342
16200730.3%24.7%36.5%86293
16200919.4%15.2%24.4%68349
16201118.9%14.2%24.7%70341
16201312.9%9.2%17.8%37282
16201514.1%11.0%17.8%51383
17199533.4%28.5%38.7%133382
17200335.7%29.3%42.6%113318
17200732.1%25.9%39.1%95305
17200926.7%19.7%35.1%72296
17201120.8%16.0%26.5%55262
17201316.2%12.2%21.2%44267
17201515.1%11.8%18.9%51318
18 or Older199542.7%34.9%50.8%91205
18 or Older200333.6%27.3%40.6%77227
18 or Older200728.0%21.0%36.3%53197
18 or Older200929.0%21.3%38.1%51191
18 or Older201118.0%13.1%24.3%26144
18 or Older201317.0%10.2%27.1%32168
18 or Older201521.2%14.9%29.4%36170
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by race, all Alaskans, 1995-2019

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HA: Race: White, AK Native, OtherYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 25
White199533.8%30.6%37.2%3841,127
White200328.2%24.2%32.7%241888
White200727.2%23.6%31.2%193737
White200924.2%20.1%28.9%145609
White201119.7%16.2%23.8%128649
White201313.6%10.4%17.6%77575
White201514.0%11.4%17.1%94663
Alaska Native199531.3%24.8%38.7%57179
Alaska Native200326.8%17.0%39.7%78287
Alaska Native200726.9%18.3%37.6%66250
Alaska Native200919.0%14.3%24.8%49292
Alaska Native201112.4%8.8%17.3%38300
Alaska Native201311.0%7.3%16.2%32269
Alaska Native201511.6%8.5%15.6%39349
Other races199522.1%15.9%29.9%60271
Other races200319.5%13.9%26.6%40193
Other races200719.4%14.8%25.0%51267
Other races200914.0%10.1%19.1%49334
Other races201115.4%11.8%19.8%53314
Other races201310.9%7.4%15.7%35304
Other races201510.8%7.4%15.4%35314
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by ethnicity, all Alaskans, 1995-2019

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HA: Ethnicity - Hispanic/LatinoYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
Hispanic/Latino1995**52
Hispanic/Latino2003**45
Hispanic/Latino200730.1%21.4%40.6%29103
Hispanic/Latino200922.2%15.0%31.4%30130
Hispanic/Latino201120.0%14.1%27.6%30138
Hispanic/Latino201314.9%9.5%22.7%19120
Hispanic/Latino201516.4%10.7%24.4%21130
Not Hispanic/Latino199531.9%28.8%35.2%4911,525
Not Hispanic/Latino200326.9%22.8%31.5%3501,323
Not Hispanic/Latino200725.6%21.9%29.6%2841,170
Not Hispanic/Latino200921.5%18.4%24.8%2381,192
Not Hispanic/Latino201116.6%13.9%19.7%1911,140
Not Hispanic/Latino201312.2%9.7%15.3%1291,041
Not Hispanic/Latino201512.4%10.6%14.5%1521,216
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by grade level, all Alaskans, 1995-2019

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HA: Grade LevelYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 32
9th199527.0%23.3%31.1%130490
9th200315.3%12.1%19.1%78501
9th200714.7%10.9%19.6%60408
9th200915.2%11.9%19.2%57379
9th201113.6%9.8%18.5%59418
9th20138.7%5.4%13.6%30337
9th20155.1%2.9%9.0%19328
10th199527.9%22.7%33.8%107377
10th200326.5%19.9%34.4%84310
10th200728.7%22.4%36.0%69250
10th200920.1%16.0%24.9%69336
10th201113.9%10.1%18.9%54343
10th201313.2%9.4%18.3%38308
10th201511.7%9.4%14.5%45417
11th199534.9%30.6%39.4%165470
11th200332.7%26.7%39.4%116357
11th200728.4%23.7%33.7%96325
11th200922.0%17.6%27.1%74355
11th201119.2%14.8%24.6%62308
11th201313.0%9.0%18.3%37271
11th201515.3%11.9%19.5%55351
12th199538.3%31.0%46.2%103258
12th200335.7%28.9%43.2%96269
12th200733.3%26.0%41.5%84281
12th200930.5%23.5%38.5%68242
12th201121.1%15.8%27.6%47222
12th201317.1%11.8%24.2%48255
12th201519.5%15.0%24.9%54270
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by academic performance, all Alaskans, 2003-2019

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HA: Academic PerformanceYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 16
Mostly As and Bs200322.9%19.5%26.7%223992
Mostly As and Bs200723.8%20.0%28.0%192852
Mostly As and Bs200920.2%17.1%23.7%171899
Mostly As and Bs201114.8%11.8%18.4%126859
Mostly As and Bs201310.6%7.9%14.1%89844
Mostly As and Bs201511.2%9.1%13.6%106948
Not mostly As and Bs200333.8%27.1%41.2%150448
Not mostly As and Bs200729.0%23.2%35.6%121425
Not mostly As and Bs200924.8%20.2%30.1%104438
Not mostly As and Bs201120.3%16.7%24.6%95432
Not mostly As and Bs201318.0%13.9%22.9%62325
Not mostly As and Bs201515.6%12.3%19.7%67414
Healthy Alaskans Goal201317.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201517.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201717.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201917.0%

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by Behavioral Health Systems Regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2015

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Alaska ComparisonsBehavioral Health System Assessment RegionsPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
All AlaskansAnchorage Muncipality11.4%9.4%13.8%1681,197
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough**386
All AlaskansCity and Borough of Juneau14.6%11.9%17.7%63461
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough20.8%18.1%23.8%202969
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough19.2%16.2%22.6%2431,051
All AlaskansNorthwest Region11.7%9.5%14.3%88739
All AlaskansOther Interior Region14.9%10.8%20.2%39278
All AlaskansOther Southeast Region12.8%10.5%15.6%113890
All AlaskansY-K Delta Region17.7%12.0%25.3%25152
All AlaskansSouthwest Region12.9%10.6%15.6%60462
Alaska NativesAnchorage Muncipality13.5%8.3%21.1%39221
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star Borough**67
Alaska NativesCity and Borough of Juneau**71
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula Borough20.6%14.8%28.0%30145
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susitna Borough17.2%13.3%22.0%55236
Alaska NativesNorthwest Region11.7%9.4%14.5%73613
Alaska NativesOther Interior Region9.9%7.1%13.7%18158
Alaska NativesOther Southeast Region12.0%8.8%16.1%29239
Alaska NativesY-K Delta Region16.8%11.3%24.4%21139
Alaska NativesSouthwest Region13.2%10.6%16.2%25173
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal30.0%

Data Notes

** = Data statistically unreliable or suppressed. Data for the Fairbanks North Star Borough were collected by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, which has reserved access to the data. Requests for the information should be addressed to the FNSBSD Superintendent, Dr. Karen Gaborik at superintendent@k12northstar.org or (907) 452-2000 x11401. These data are a regional compilation of YRBS surveys conducted for local school districts. They represent a combination of samples representative of the student bodies of districts and others which are only representative of those completing the survey. The representative samples have been weighted to the sex and grade characteristics of their school district. The unrepresentative surveys have a weight of 1. The results of the local YRBS program may not meet the statistical rigor of the statewide estimates and should be viewed with caution. However, the local YRBS program does demonstrate the existence of risk factors.

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by Alaska Economic Regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2015

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Alaska ComparisonsAlaska Public Health RegionsPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 13
All AlaskansAnchorage - Mat-Su13.4%11.7%15.4%4112,248
All AlaskansGulf Coast20.3%17.9%22.9%2631,359
All AlaskansInterior11.9%8.9%15.8%66590
All AlaskansNorthern11.7%9.5%14.3%88739
All AlaskansSoutheast13.7%11.9%15.7%1761,351
All AlaskansSouthwest15.0%11.6%19.2%43298
Alaska NativesAnchorage - Mat-Su14.7%10.7%19.8%94457
Alaska NativesGulf Coast20.7%15.8%26.7%44214
Alaska NativesInterior10.2%5.9%17.0%25217
Alaska NativesNorthern11.7%9.4%14.5%73613
Alaska NativesSoutheast11.5%8.5%15.3%37310
Alaska NativesSouthwest14.2%10.8%18.5%34251
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal30.0%

Data Notes

These data are a regional compilation of YRBS surveys conducted for local school districts. They represent a combination of samples representative of the student bodies of districts and others which are only representative of those completing the survey. The representative samples have been weighted to the sex and grade characteristics of their school district. The unrepresentative surveys have a weight of 1. The results of the local YRBS program may not meet the statistical rigor of the statewide estimates and should be viewed with caution. However, the local YRBS program does demonstrate the existence of risk factors although not necessarily their full magnitude.

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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


Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) who think drinking 5 or more alcoholic beverages once or twice a week has slight or no risk of harm, all Alaskans, 2013-2015

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Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage of adolescentsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
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All Alaskans201330.1%26.6%33.8%3561,211
All Alaskans201536.2%32.8%39.8%4861,391
Alaska Natives201337.6%28.7%47.6%105278
Alaska Natives201544.1%38.0%50.4%148349

Data Notes

Definition: Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded "Slight risk" or "No risk" to the YRBS question: "How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they have five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week?" Numerator: Weighted number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded "Slight risk" or "No risk" to the YRBS question: "How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they have five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week?" Denominator: Weighted number of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) with complete and valid responses for the question on the YRBS.

Data Source

[http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbs.aspx 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

References and Community Resources

'''References:''' 1. [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh/Pages/Prevention/programs/substanceabuse/default.aspx Prevention and Early Intervention]. Substance Abuse Prevention Program, Division of Behavioral Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. (accessed 9/15/2015). 2. Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. U.S. Department of Health and Social Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. June 2015. [https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/resources/reporttocongress/rtc2014.aspx] . '''Resources:''' NATIONAL: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) [http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ Substance Abuse Facility Locator]. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: [http://www.niaaa.nih.gov] More information on the [http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/yrbs/index.htm Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System] may be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More Resources and Links

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

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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