The use of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21 is a significant health concern in the United States. Illicit use of alcohol by young people represents the most common form of substance misuse in children and teenagers, and it is an enormous safety and health risk for these individuals. The issue is not merely a problem of the families who have children or teenagers who drink alcohol; it is a problem that concerns the entire nation.
Underage drinking poses a range of risks and negative consequences. It is dangerous because it causes many deaths, causes many injuries, and impairs judgement
As for binge drinking, according to recent research estimates, children may reach these BAC levels after fewer drinks.
- Ages 9-13: About 3 drinks
- Ages 14-15: About 4 drinks
- Ages 16-17: About 5 drinks
- Ages 9-17: About 3 drinks
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (Nevada)
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is conducted across the state of Nevada every two years. This survey is administered to both middle and high school students and the local data informs decision makers on a variety of issues including substance misuse.
In Clark County, 11.3% of middle school students reported they have had at least one drink of alcohol during the 30 days before the survey. This is a 1.9% increase since 2017.
In Clark County, 22.7% of high school students reported they have had at least one drink of alcohol during the 30 days before the survey. This is a 2.4% decrease since 2017. And has been gradually declining since 2015.
In Clark County, 10% of high school students reported they have participated in binge drinking during the 30 days before the survey. This is a 0.2% increase since 2017.
- National Drug and Alcohol Facts week (NDAFW)
- 2021 – Will be held Monday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 28th
- Youth and Alcohol in the Western Pacific (VIDEO)