TABLE 2

Prevalence of Binge Drinking Among US High School Students Who Report Drinking Alcohol According to Gender, 2003

CharacteristicBoys (n = 3273), % (95% CI)Girls (n = 3230), % (95% CI)Total (n = 6543), % (95% CI)
All respondents67.4 (65.0–69.8)61.1 (58.2–64.0)64.2 (61.8–66.6)
Age
    12–14 y48.9 (41.8–56.0)60.5 (50.5–70.4)55.6 (49.2–62.0)
    15–17 y67.8 (65.3–70.3)60.9 (57.8–64.0)64.3 (61.7–66.9)
    ≥18 y74.0 (69.5–78.3)62.4 (57.8–67.1)68.7 (65.5–71.9)
Grade
    9th57.2 (50.6–63.9)54.6 (47.2–61.9)55.8 (50.5–61.1)
    10th66.8 (62.1–71.5)61.6 (56.1–67.1)64.1 (60.2–68.0)
    11th72.4 (68.5–76.2)64.1 (59.9–68.4)68.3 (65.0–71.6)
    12th71.9 (68.3–75.6)63.4 (57.9–68.9)67.7 (64.9–70.4)
Race/ethnicity
    White71.6 (69.1–74.0)66.3 (63.8–68.8)68.9 (67.0–70.9)
    Black or African American48.7 (41.7–55.7)34.7 (28.2–41.2)41.5 (36.6–46.4)
    Hispanic or Latino65.7 (60.0–71.5)62.6 (58.4–66.8)64.1 (60.0–68.1)
    Othera63.1 (49.5–76.6)53.5 (40.8–66.1)58.7 (50.6–66.7)
  • Binge drinking is defined as having drank ≥5 drinks of alcohol in a row on ≥1 day during the past 30 days.

  • “Drinking alcohol” is defined as having drank at least 1 drink of alcohol on ≥1 day during the past 30 days.

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