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Teens who Use Alcohol

This indicator shows the percentage youth aged 12 to 20 who drank alcohol during the 30 days prior to the survey.

Teens who Use Alcohol

26.3
25.8
Comparison: TX State Value 

25.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

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Categories: Health / Substance Abuse, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

According to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adolescents who begin drinking at a young age are more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21. Patterns formed during adolescence play a critical role in health throughout adulthood. Alcohol use also impairs judgment and can lead to other high-risk behaviors such as drunk driving and sexual activity.

Teens who Use Alcohol : Time Series

2004-2006: 23.9 2006-2008: 22.0 2008-2010: 25.8

percent

Teens who Use Alcohol

Comparison: Prior Value 

25.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

View All Location Types

Categories: Health / Substance Abuse, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

According to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adolescents who begin drinking at a young age are more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21. Patterns formed during adolescence play a critical role in health throughout adulthood. Alcohol use also impairs judgment and can lead to other high-risk behaviors such as drunk driving and sexual activity.

Teens who Use Alcohol : Time Series

2004-2006: 23.9 2006-2008: 22.0 2008-2010: 25.8

percent