ERIC Number: ED317893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Wisconsin Study: Alcohol and Other Drug Use. A Search Institute Report April 1989. Bulletin No. 9408.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
This study assessed student experience with alcohol and other drugs to establish baseline data against which on-going alcohol and drug education efforts can be measured. Subjects were 6,222 students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 who were enrolled in 124 public schools in 83 Wisconsin communities. The results of the study revealed that 53% of sixth graders had used alcohol, 51% of 12th graders used alcohol in the 2 weeks prior to the survey, and 37% of seniors and 28% of sophomores drank to the point of intoxication at least once in the 2 weeks prior to the survey. In the year prior to the survey, 46% of 12th graders had driven after drinking and 70% had ridden in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol. Alcohol use rates for girls were only slightly lower than for boys. Although they were under the legal age, 18% of 12th graders reported buying alcohol at a store and 18% reported getting alcohol in a bar. Illicit drugs were reportedly tried by 47% of seniors, 34% of sophomores, 18% of eighth graders, and 6% of sixth graders. Problem drinking or drug use was found in 9% of 6th graders, 19% of 8th graders, 33% of 10th graders, and 44% of 12th graders. These findings document the magnitude of the challenge faced by educators in meeting the alcohol and other drug use problem. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin