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SA-14.2 Data Details

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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.

Data Source: 
Monitoring the Future Study
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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
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: 
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.