SA-14.1 Reduce the proportion of students engaging in binge drinking during the past 2 weeks—high school seniors

National Data Source
Monitoring the Future Study (MTF); National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
25.2 (2009)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of 12th grade students who report drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in a row during the 2 weeks prior to the survey
Number of 12th grade students
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey:


Think back over the LAST TWO WEEKS. How many times have you had five or more drinks in a row? (A "drink" is a glass of wine, a bottle of beer, a wine cooler, a shot glass of liquor, or a mixed drink.)

  1. None
  2. Once
  3. Twice
  4. Three to five times
  5. Six to nine times
  6. Ten or more times
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective


Methodology Notes

Data are based on students in attendance on the day of the survey administration. A description of MTF was published by NIDA.

References and More Information

  1. Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. Monitoring the Future national results on adolescent drug use: Overview of key findings, 2009. NIH Publication No. 10-7583. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2010.
  2. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.
  3. Questions Used To Obtain the National Baseline Data