TABLE 1

Prevalence of Alcohol Drinking Among US High School Students, 2003

CharacteristicNondrinking, % (95% CI)aCurrent Drinking With No Binge Drinking, % (95% CI)bCurrent Drinking With Binge Drinking, % (95% CI)c
All respondents (n = 14 114)55.1 (52.8–57.5)16.1 (14.8–17.3)28.8 (26.8–30.9)
Gender
    Boys (n = 6967)56.2 (53.6–58.7)14.3 (13.0–15.5)29.5 (27.4–31.7)
    Girls (n = 7086)54.2 (51.7–56.7)17.8 (16.4–19.3)28.0 (25.7–30.2)
Age
    12–14 y (n = 1362)67.9 (63.5–72.4)14.2 (11.9–16.6)17.8 (14.2–21.5)
    15–17 y (n = 10 463)55.0 (52.3–57.7)16.1 (14.6–17.5)28.9 (26.7–31.2)
    ≥18 y (n = 2246)43.6 (40.1–47.2)17.7 (15.7–19.6)38.7 (35.5–41.9)
Grade
    9th (n = 3389)63.9 (61.1–66.7)16.0 (13.7–18.2)20.2 (17.6–22.7)
    10th (n = 3499)56.5 (53.2–59.7)15.6 (13.7–17.4)27.9 (24.9–30.9)
    11th (n = 3532)53.0 (48.9–57.0)14.9 (12.8–17.0)32.1 (29.1–35.2)
    12th (n = 3613)44.1 (40.9–47.4)18.1 (16.2–20.0)37.8 (35.2–40.3)
Race/ethnicity
    White (n = 6184)52.9 (49.9–55.9)14.6 (13.3–16.0)32.5 (30.4–34.6)
    Black or African American (n = 3294)62.6 (59.4–65.9)21.9 (19.7–24.0)15.5 (12.9–18.1)
    Hispanic or Latino (n = 3621)54.4 (51.6–57.1)16.4 (14.3–18.5)29.2 (26.7–31.7)
    Other (n = 913)d61.2 (56.4–66.1)16.0 (13.0–19.0)22.7 (17.8–27.7)
  • a During the past 30 days.

  • b Drank at least 1 drink of alcohol, but did not drink ≥5 drinks in a row, on ≥1 day during the past 30 days.

  • c Drank at least 1 drink of alcohol and drank ≥5 drinks in a row on ≥1 day during the past 30 days.

  • d Includes American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial.