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Adolescent Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use in Past 30 Days by Age, 2017

Rates of alcohol or illicit drug use in the past 30 days among adolescents aged 12-17 years increase with age. The rate for adolescents aged 16-17 years was more than 7.5 times the rate of adolescents aged 12-13 years.

12-13 years: 3.2%
14-15 years: 11.6%
16-17 years: 25.6%

Data sources: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.


Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use

13.8% of adolescents aged 12-17 years reported use of alcohol or any illicit drugs in the past 30 days in 2017.

HP2020 Target: 12.8%

7.2% decrease needed.

Data sources: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.


Binge Drinking in Adults

26.4% of adults aged 18 years and over reported that they engaged in binge drinking* in the past 30 days in 2017.

HP2020 Target: 24.2%

8.3% decrease needed.

Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.

 

*Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other), on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.