ERIC Number: ED484694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Alcohol Use and Delinquent Behaviors among Youths. The NSDUH Report
US Department of Health and Human Services
Alcohol use by youths has been linked to delinquent behaviors, such as stealing, illicit drug use, and problems in school. Research also indicates that early drinkers are more likely than nondrinkers to engage in delinquent behaviors. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asks persons aged 12 or older to report their alcohol use in their lifetime, the past year, and the past 30 days, as well as binge drinking in the past 30 days. NSDUH defines binge alcohol use as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days. Heavy alcohol use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days. NSDUH also asks youths aged 12 to 17 how often they engaged in the following delinquent behaviors during the past year: (1) getting into a serious fight at school or work, (2) taking part in a fight where a group of friends fought against another group, (3) attacking someone with the intent to seriously hurt them, (4) stealing or trying to steal anything worth more than $50, (5) selling illegal drugs, and (6) carrying a handgun. The data is presented in this document.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.