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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse—involving drugs, alcohol, or both—contributes to a number of negative health outcomes. It is associated with a range of destructive social conditions, including family disruptions, financial problems, lost productivity, failure in school, domestic violence, child abuse, and crime.

Featured Disparity & Target

Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in Adolescents

In 2011, 31.8% of adolescents age 16 to17 reported using alcohol or illicit drugs during the past 30 days, more than 6 times the rate for adolescents age 12 to 13.

5.1% Age 12–13
31.8% Age 16–17

In 2011, 18.0% of adolescents age 12 to 17 reported use of alcohol or illicit drugs during the past 30 days.

18.0% 2011
16.6% 2020 Target
7.8% decrease needed


Binge Drinking in Adults

In 2011, 26.7% of adults age 18 and older reported that they engaged in binge drinking during the past 30 days.

26.7% 2011
24.4% 2020 Target
8.6% decrease needed