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SA-14.2 Data Details

SA-14.2 Reduce the proportion of students engaging in binge drinking during the past 2 weeks—college students

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

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)
41.1 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of college students who report drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in a row during the 2 weeks prior to the survey
Number of college students
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 Monitoring the Future Study:


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 the Monitoring the Future Study (MTF) has been published by NIDA.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. . Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2008. Volume II: College students and adults ages 19-50. NIH Publication No. 09-7403. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2009.
  2. Questions Used To Obtain the National Baseline Data