Youth Alcohol Use: Get the Facts
Alcohol - Youth's #1 drug of choice!
- 12.4% of NJ's 7th graders used alcohol in the past 30 days.
- 23.6% of NJ's 8th graders used alcohol in the past 30 days.
- 39% of NJ's 7th and 8th graders have used alcohol sometime in their lifetime.
- Of NJ’s 7th graders who used alcohol, they reported first use at age 11.3. 8th graders at 12.
- 12.7% of NJ’s 7th and 8th graders used alcohol before age 11 and 20.1% of NJ's high school students used alcohol before age 13.
- About 4 in 5 (79.1 percent) of NJ's High School students have used alcohol sometime in their lifetime and nearly one-half (46.5 percent) used alcohol in the past 30 days.
- 17.6% of New Jersey's 9th graders, 18% of 10th graders, 34% of 11th graders report having consumed five or more drinks in a row in the past 30 days.
- A large majority of 8th graders (62 percent), 10th graders (83 percent) and 12th graders (92 percent) say that it is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get alcohol.
- 27.3% of NJ’s middle school students rode in a car driven by someone who had been drinking.
- 27.5% of NJ’s high school students rode in a car driven by someone who had been drinking one or more times during the past 30 days.
- 16.6% of NJ’s 12th graders drove a car when they had been drinking alcohol during the past 30 days.
- Only 38.2% of high school students think people are at great risk of harming themselves if they have 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks almost every day.
- Only 34.4% of high school students think people are at great risk of harming themselves if they have 5 or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice each weekend.
Consequences of Use
- In 2000, 30 percent of 15-20 year old drivers who were killed in car crashes had been drinking. 21 percent in this group were legally intoxicated.
- 27.9% of NJ's 7th and 8th graders who used alcohol in the past 30 days got F's.
- 28 percent of suicides ages 9-15 can be attributed to alcohol.
- 39 percent of high school boys said it was acceptable to force sex with a girl who was drunk or high.
- Almost 12 percent of adolescent drinkers (about 1.2 million 7th-12th graders) engage in alcohol-related physical fighting.
- Those who start drinking before age 14 are eleven times more likely to have ever been in a fight while drinking or after drinking than adults who began drinking after the age of 21.
- Those who start drinking before age 14 are twelve times more likely to be injured while under the influence of alcohol sometime in their life.
- More than 40 percent of individuals who begin drinking before age 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency at some point in their lives.
Statistics last updated 07/15/08