High School Drinking Down in U.S.

The proportion of U.S. high school students who have ever drunk an alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or distilled spirits --- liquor) fell 9% between 1991 and 2003, according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC conducts its survey in high schools every two years and collects data on a variety of student behaviors. The most recent survey included over 15,000 teenagers.


  • Grunbaum, J.A., et al. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance - United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. May 21, 2004, vol. 53, No. SS-2; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite Improvements, Many High School Students Still Engaging in Risky Health Behaviors. Press release, 4-20-04.