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Complete Health Indicator Report of 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?"

Data Interpretation Issues

Data are self-reported by students in a classroom setting, and are subject to recall bias and self-reporting bias common to other similar population based surveys.

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.

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

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator

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.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Youth in New Mexico binge drink at roughly the same rate as youth elsewhere across the U.S. Although NM youth binge drinking rates were higher in recent years (2003, 2005), they have trended back to the U.S. rate since 2007. Both New Mexico and U.S. rates are far above the Healthy People 2010 objective of 2%.

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.

Available Services

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals should screen all adult patients and counsel those who drink too much to drink less. This is called alcohol screening and brief intervention (A-SBI). A-SBI can reduce how much alcohol a person drinks on an occasion by 25%. A-SBI is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Community Guide), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information on A-SBI, please the CDC vital signs website: www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/alcohol-screening-counseling/index.html


Related Indicators

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2001-2015

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NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage Who Binge DrankLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 15
New Mexico200128.6%25.7%31.7%2,7608,735
New Mexico200335.4%32.6%38.3%4,02910,678
New Mexico200528.6%25.7%31.7%1,6195,411
New Mexico200727.4%25.8%29.1%7082,529
New Mexico200925.0%23.1%27.0%1,2594,905
New Mexico201122.4%20.4%24.5%1,3185,693
New Mexico201317.1%15.2%18.8%3,39918,247
New Mexico201514.6%13.3%15.0%1,2207,975
United States200129.9%27.8%32.0%13,309
United States200328.3%26.3%30.4%14,706
United States200525.5%23.3%27.9%13,623
United States200726.0%24.0%28.0%13,588
United States200924.2%22.6%25.9%16,009
United States201121.9%21.0%22.8%14,956
United States201320.8%19.1%22.7%

Data Notes

Public School Students, Grades 9-12, New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data


Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by Sex and Year, New Mexico, 2001-2013

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Sex: Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage Who Binge DrankLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 14
Male200132.9%28.9%37.1%1,4194,158
Male200336.9%34.0%40.0%2,0515,139
Male200529.5%26.5%32.7%7672,549
Male200728.0%26.0%30.1%3531,227
Male200924.5%22.0%27.3%6172,411
Male201122.8%20.3%25.4%6752,793
Male201317.9%15.9%20.0%
Female200124.9%21.5%28.7%1,3294,541
Female200333.4%29.4%37.6%1,8845,336
Female200527.2%24.2%30.6%8152,786
Female200726.6%23.2%30.4%3471,280
Female200925.4%23.4%27.5%6362,480
Female201122.0%19.6%24.6%6422,891
Female201316.4%14.4%18.5%

Data Notes

Public School Students, Grades 9-12, New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)

Data Source

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


Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by County, New Mexico, 2015

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CountyPercentage Who Binge DrankLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 34
Bernalillo11.5%9.6%13.6%2301,958
Catron****
Chaves11.4%7.0%18.2%37257
Cibola17.8%14.5%21.7%132730
Colfax18.3%10.6%29.7%41220
Curry11.7%5.9%21.9%*31280
De Baca12.7%5.5%26.7%*971
Dona Ana15.0%12.2%18.2%2081,305
Eddy14.3%10.5%19.1%75485
Grant23.7%18.3%30.0%63266
Guadalupe14.8%8.1%25.5%20141
Harding****
Hidalgo15.8%9.2%25.9%19121
Lea20.5%15.0%27.4%155601
Lincoln20.2%15.6%25.6%111535
Los Alamos15.3%12.3%18.8%128876
Luna21.9%16.0%29.2%35165
McKinley9.3%6.6%12.8%71445
Mora11.7%7.5%17.8%1195
Otero20.3%13.0%30.2%87416
Quay17.0%11.2%25.1%32205
Rio Arriba16.9%13.3%21.3%82441
Roosevelt17.8%11.2%27.0%36191
Sandoval13.2%10.0%17.2%142978
San Juan11.6%8.2%16.2%85865
San Miguel18.5%14.7%23.0%58280
Santa Fe13.3%10.6%16.6%2071,493
Sierra20.3%13.1%30.0%24124
Socorro19.6%9.0%37.5%*46198
Taos20.6%17.2%24.5%141699
Torrance19.9%12.7%29.9%60334
Union24.4%16.0%35.5%31127
Valencia14.4%10.1%20.0%44332
NM13.9%12.8%15.0%2,45615,272

Data Notes

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 Source

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


Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2013

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Race/EthnicityPercentage Who Binge DrankLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native10.8%7.3%15.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander11.0%5.1%22.1%
Black/African American18.5%10.9%29.8%
Hispanic19.8%18.1%21.6%
White14.0%11.2%17.3%
New Mexico17.1%15.4%19.0%
United States20.8%19.1%22.7%

Data Notes

Public School Students, Grades 9-12, New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data


Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by Urban and Rural Counties, New Mexico, 2013

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Data Notes

Public School Students, Grades 9-12, New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)

References and Community Resources

The New Mexico Department of Health Substance Abuse Epidemiology Section has New Mexico-specific reports, resources and publications, available at: nmhealth.org/about/erd/ibeb/sap. CDC Alcohol Program has fact sheets, online tool kits, data and recently published literature, available at: www.cdc.gov/alcohol. The CDC also publishes the Prevention Status Reports (PSR), which highlight, for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the status of public health policies and practices designed to address important public health problems and concerns. The 2013 PSR for excessive alcohol use can be found at: www.cdc.gov/psr/alcohol. The Community Preventive Services Task Force reviews research and makes recommendations to help communities answer the question "what works?" Community Guide recommendations for preventing excessive alcohol consumption can be found at: www.thecommunityguide.org/alcohol.

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Page Content Updated On 09/13/2017, Published on 05/30/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 30 May 2018 17:02:27 MDT