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Indicator Report - High School Students Who Had Alcohol

Why Is This Important?

"One in three high school students in North Carolina reports having at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days. Youth are more likely to drink in larger quantities and to engage in binge drinking than adults. Youth are also particularly susceptible to the influence of alcohol because it affects the developing brain. Furthermore, early onset of drinking increases the risk of alcohol addiction."- North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Percentage of High School Students Who Had Alcohol on One or More of the Past 30 Days North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009

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Data Notes

The YRBS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

N.C. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, N.C. Department of Public Instruction 

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Definition

High school alcohol use percentages are based on students' self-reported survey responses to the question: How many times in the past 30 days have you had at least one drink of alcohol? The values reported represent the percentage of students that indicated that they had one or more alcoholic beverages in the past 30 days.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of high school students who indicated that they had one or more alcoholic beverages in the past 30 days
Denominator: Number of high school students responding to the YRBS survey

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 01/20/2012
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