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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Binge Drinking Among High School Students (Grades 9-12)

Problem Statement

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.


Chart 1. Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2001-2015

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

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confidence limits

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

Table 1. Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2015

Percentage Who Binge Drank
Sex and Race/Ethnicity9th10th11th12thAll Grades
Male, American Indian3.114.119.17.910.9
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander********17
Male, Black********12.3
Male, Hispanic111419.129.317.2
Male, White8.65.81426.113.3
Male, All Races9.511.617.625.515.2
Female, American Indian5.710.910.210.89.2
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander********5.3
Female, Black********17.1
Female, Hispanic11.413.517.621.915.6
Female, White6.29.114.31911.9
Female, All Races9.611.915.819.613.8
Both Sexes, American Indian4.412.414.69.510
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander********11.7
Both Sexes, Black8******14.2
Both Sexes, Hispanic11.313.818.325.316.4
Both Sexes, White7.57.214.222.812.6
Both Sexes, All Races9.611.716.722.514.6


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.

Problem Statement

Binge drinking (defined as having five or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours) is a major risk factor for the three leading causes of death among youth (motor vehicle crashes, suicide, and homicide), as well as being associated with poor academic performance and risk behaviors such as impaired driving, riding with a drinking driver, physical fighting, increased number of sexual partners, and other substance use. In 2015, 14.6% of New Mexico high school students reported binge drinking at least once in the past month. Binge drinking is the norm among current high school drinkers in New Mexico. In 2015, of the 26.1% of students who were current drinkers, 60.5% were binge drinkers. Binge drinking prevalence has been decreasing in New Mexico since 2003, as it has been in the US since at least 2001. In 2015, the difference between the US (17.7) and New Mexico (14.6%, 95%CI [13.3-15.9]) rates for binge drinking was not statistically significant. binge drinking significantly increases with increasing grade level. Hispanic boys are significantly more likely to binge drink than White, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Asian/Pacific Island boys. There are no significant differences by race/ethnicity for girls

Table 2. Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by County, New Mexico, 2015

Percentage Who Binge Drank
County
Bernalillo11.5
Catron**
Chaves11.4
Cibola17.8
Colfax18.3
Curry11.7
De Baca12.7
Dona Ana15
Eddy14.3
Grant23.7
Guadalupe14.8
Harding**
Hidalgo15.8
Lea20.5
Lincoln20.2
Los Alamos15.3
Luna21.9
McKinley9.3
Mora11.7
Otero20.3
Quay17
Rio Arriba16.9
Roosevelt17.8
Sandoval13.2
San Juan11.6
San Miguel18.5
Santa Fe13.3
Sierra20.3
Socorro19.6
Taos20.6
Torrance19.9
Union24.4
Valencia14.4
NM13.9


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.

Chart 2. Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by County, New Mexico, 2015



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

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confidence limits

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.

Chart 3. Binge Drinking (past 30 days) by County, New Mexico, 2015

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

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Data Notes

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