SA-14.4 Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month—adolescents aged 12 to 17 years
About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of persons aged 12 to 17 years who report having five or more drinks (for males) or four or more drinks (for females) at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other during the 30 days prior to the survey
Number of persons aged 12 to 17 years
From the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
During the past 30 days, that is, since [DATE], on how many days did you have 5 or more drinks on the same occasion? By 'occasion,' we mean at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other.
During the past 30 days, that is, since [DATE], on how many days did you have 4 or more drinks on the same occasion? By 'occasion,' we mean at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other.
Binge drinking is defined as drinking 5 or more alcoholic beverages for men or 4 or more alcoholic beverages for women at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other during the past 30 days.
In 2014 and 2015 changes were made to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) resulting in the need to revise the baselines and targets for 20 HP2020 objectives. In 2014, the changes to NSDUH primarily focused on revising the sample design, such as modifying the distribution of the sample across the 50 states and the District of Columbia and reducing the oversampling of youths and young adults. In 2015, SAMHSA implemented changes to the NSDUH data collection equipment, respondent materials, and survey questionnaire, including revisions to existing measures (e.g., prescription drugs, methamphetamine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and binge alcohol) and the addition of new questions (e.g., sexual orientation and attraction, disability status, and identification of active duty family members).
The 2014 changes to the sample design are expected to result in more precise national estimates overall as well as more precise estimates for older adults. The 2015 changes are expected to improve the quality of data, and the questionnaire revisions will address SAMHSA's substance use and mental health policy and research needs.
The questions on consumption of four or more drinks on an occasion for females (questions CA12, CA13, and the CA14 series) which were previously used to track this objective have been deleted. New questions which reflects changes to the threshold for binge alcohol use for females and changes to the question CA10 and CA11 series have been added. Improved data quality for females are expected because females will no longer have an opportunity to provide inconsistent answers for their consumption of five or more drinks and their consumption of four or more drinks on an occasion.
The following report outlines all of the changes that were made to the NSDUH in 2014 and 2015.
A description of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been published by SAMHSA.
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
Additional resources about the objective
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings. Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-36, HHS Publication No. SMA 09-4434. Rockville, MD. 2009.