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Health Highlight Report for Dona Ana County

Binge Drinking Among High School Students (Grades 9-12): Percentage Who Binge Drank, 2015

  • Dona Ana County
    15.0%
    95% Confidence Interval (12.2% - 18.2%)
    Statistical StabilityStable
    New Mexico
    13.9%
    U.S.DNA
    DNA=Data not available.
  • Dona Ana County Compared to State

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    • Improvement Needed = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

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Why Is This Important?

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is a risk factor for many health and societal problems. Among adults, it can take the form of heavy drinking, binge drinking, or both. Underage drinking can also be considered a form of excessive drinking because it is both illegal and often involves consumption in quantities and settings that can lead to serious immediate and long-term consequences. People aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks.

How Are We Doing?

New Mexico girls reported binge drinking at about the same percentages as boys. The percentage of youth who reported binge drinking has been declining, with a somewhat steeper rate of decline among boys, compared to girls. The rate of youth binge drinking was higher than the NM overall rate in Luna County. Several counties fared statistically better than the state, overall, including Catron, Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Sierra, Torrance and Union Counties. White students were less likely to binge drink, while Hispanic students were statistically more likely to report binge drinking.

Evidence-based Practices

Recommendations of Task Force on Community Preventive Services include limiting the sale of alcohol through limited days and hours of sales, increased taxes, legal liability of owner or server of a retail alcohol establishment where a customer recently consumed alcoholic beverages, and enhanced enforcement of laws prohibiting sales to minors. For more information on evidence-based practices, please see http://www.thecommunityguide.org/alcohol/index.html.

Healthy People Objective SA-14.4:

Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month--Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years
U.S. Target: 8.5 percent

Note

Public School Students, Grades 9-12, New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)  The NM value was calculated from the standard CDC YRRS dataset and is consistent with the rates found on the CDC Website. The county values were calculated from a special New Mexico dataset that has a larger sample size, and is designed for generating estimates at sub-state levels.

Data Sources

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.  

Measure Description for Binge Drinking Among High School Students (Grades 9-12)

Definition: Percentage of students who had five or more drinks of alcohol on at least one single occasion in the past 30 days.
Numerator: Number of respondents who answered "1 day" or more to the question, "During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?"
Denominator: Number of respondents who answered the question, "During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?"

Indicator Profile Report

Binge Drinking (past 30 days) (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

09/13/2017
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Content updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:52:53 MDT