Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
9.4 percent (2019)

6.3 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

9.0 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years reported alcohol use in the past 30 days in 2018

Reduce the proportion of adolescents reporting use of alcohol during the past 30 days

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Drinking alcohol is associated with risky behaviors like smoking and drug use. It’s also linked to the 3 leading causes of death in adolescents — accidental injury, suicide, and homicide. School-based programs are effective at preventing alcohol use, and screening and brief intervention programs can help reduce alcohol use disorder in adolescents.