In 2003-2004, 28.8 percent of persons aged 12 to 20 drank alcohol in the past month. Rates of past month alcohol use were among the lowest in Utah (18.6 percent) and Tennessee (22.3 percent) and among the highest in North Dakota (42.7 percent) and South Dakota (39.1 percent).
Figure 1 shows State differences in the rate of past month alcohol use among persons 12 to 20 years old. States with the highest estimates fall into the top quintile (fifth) and are shown in red. States with the lowest estimates are in the bottom quintile and are shown in blue. Of the 10 States with the highest rates of past month alcohol use, half are in the Midwest (Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).2 Of the 10 States with the lowest rates of past month alcohol use, 8 are in the South (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas).
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In 2003-2004, 19.4 percent of persons aged 12 to 20 engaged in binge alcohol use in the past month. As with any past month use, the rates of binge use were among the lowest in Tennessee (13.1 percent) and Utah (14.5 percent) and among the highest in North Dakota (32.3 percent) and South Dakota (29.5 percent) (Figure 2). All but two of the States in the top quintile were either in the Midwest or Northeast, and all but two of the States in the bottom quintile (Utah and Nevada) were in the South.
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In most States, rates of past month and binge alcohol use have remained relatively stable over the past few years. However, a handful of States have seen significant changes. Between 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, rates of past month alcohol use increased in California (from 24.7 to 26.3 percent) and Wisconsin (from 34.7 to 38.3 percent).3 Rates of binge alcohol use increased in Iowa (from 24.7 to 27.7 percent) and Oklahoma (from 19.1 to 21.5 percent). Conversely, rates of past month alcohol use decreased in South Carolina (from 27.2 to 24.1 percent) and Michigan (from 31.8 to 30.2 percent). Rates of binge alcohol use decreased in South Carolina and North Carolina (both from 18.0 to 15.9 percent) and in Tennessee (from 15.9 to 13.1 percent).
|The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to 2002, this survey was called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA). The 2003-2004 data used in this report are based on information obtained from 62,710 persons aged 12 to 20; the 2002-2003 data are based on information from 64,262 persons aged 12 to 20. The survey collects data by administering questionnaires to a representative sample of the population through face-to-face interviews at their place of residence.
The NSDUH Report is prepared by the Office of Applied Studies (OAS), SAMHSA, and by RTI International in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. (RTI International is a trade name of Research Triangle Institute.)
Information on NSDUH used in compiling data for this issue is available in the following publications:
Office of Applied Studies. (2005). Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National findings (DHHS Publication No. SMA 05-4062, NSDUH Series H-28). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Office of Applied Studies. (2004). Results from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National findings (DHHS Publication No. SMA 04-3964, NSDUH Series H-25). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Office of Applied Studies. (2003). Results from the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National findings (DHHS Publication No. SMA 03-3836, NSDUH Series H-22). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Also available online: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov
Because of improvements and modifications to the 2002 NSDUH, estimates from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 surveys should not be compared with estimates from the 2001 or earlier versions of the survey to examine changes over time.
|The NSDUH Report (formerly The NHSDA Report) is published periodically by the Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from SAMHSA. Additional copies of this report or other reports from the Office of Applied Studies are available online: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov. Citation of the source is appreciated. For questions about this report, please e-mail: email@example.com.|
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