ERIC Number: ED333302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Youth and Alcohol: A National Survey. Drinking Habits, Access, Attitudes, and Knowledge.
Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.
In response to public health concerns and the adverse health consequences of alcohol abuse, a national sample of junior and senior high school (7th through 12th grade) students (N=956) was surveyed to determine how they obtained, viewed, and consumed alcohol. Based on the findings it was estimated that: (1) 51% of junior and senior high school students have had at least one drink within the past year; (2) junior and senior high school students drink 35% of all wine coolers sold in the United States and 1.1 billion cans of beer each year; (3) more than 5 million students have binged; 3 million within the last month; 450,000 binge at least once a week; (4) more than 3 million students drink alone, more than 4 million drink when they are upset, and less than 3 million drink because they are bored; (5) students lack essential knowledge about alcohol and its effects; (6) 9 million students received their information about alcohol from unreliable sources; (7) 7 million students are able to walk into a store and buy alcohol; (8) students accept rides from friends who had been drinking; and (9) parents, friends, and alcoholic beverage advertisements influence students' attitudes about alcohol. (The weighting procedure used for estimating is described in the appendix.) (BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see CG 023 458.