Local, State & National Statistics
- In 2013, about 8.7 million persons aged 12 to 20 (22.7 percent of this age group) reported drinking alcohol in the past month.
Approximately 5.4 million (14.2 percent) were binge drinkers, and 1.4 million (3.7 percent) were heavy drinkers (1)
- Unlike adults, when young people drink, they tend to drink a lot at one time,
or “binge” drink (2)
- Of adults who started drinking before age 15, approximately 40% say they have
signs of alcohol dependence (3)
- Underage drinking can lead to poor decisions about risky sexual activity,
driving while intoxicated and behavior problems
- Alcohol is the drug of choice among adolescents. About two in five eighth
graders have consumed alcohol in their lifetime. 17% of eighth graders report using
alcohol in the past month—more than cigarettes and marijuana combined (2)
- Research shows that alcohol use increases with age, for example, 13.5% of 9th graders have engaged in binge drinking (consuming 5 or more drinks on a
single occasion) compared to 29% of 12th graders report doing so (4)
(1) Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of
National Findings, available at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresultsPDFWHTML2013/Web/NSDUHresults2013.htm
- 3.2 (2) Wechsler H, Nelson TF, 2008. What We Have Learned From the Harvard School
of Public Health College Alcohol Study, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and
Drugs, 2008. (3) Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking, available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44360/ (4) 2013 National YRBSS Survey, available at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
- Approximately 1 out of 5 (23.2%) Louisiana high school students had their
first drink of alcohol (other than a few sips) before the age of 13.
- Over one-third (38.6%) of students reported having one or more drinks of
alcohol in the past 30 days.
- A total of 19.8% of students reported binge drinking (having 5 or more drinks
of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours) in the past 30 days.
- Approximately 1 out of 10 of students (9.5%) reported trying marijuana for the
first time before the age of 13.
- 18.4% of students reported that they had taken a prescription drug (such as
OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a
doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life).
Additional 2013 Louisiana High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey data can be
found at https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Results.aspx?TT=A&OUT=0&SID=HS&QID=QQ&LID=LA&YID=2011&LID2=&YID2=&COL=S&ROW1=&ROW2=&HT=C3&LCT=&FS=S1&FR=R1&FG=G1&FSL=&FRL=&FGL=&PV=&TST=False&C1=&C2=&QP=G&DP=1&VA=CI&CS=Y&SYID=&EYID=&SC=DEFAULT&SO=ASC
Bienville Parish Statistics
The 2014 Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey of Bienville Parish 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students found the following in regards to alcohol use:
- A total of 39.9% of students have had alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, hard
liquor) to drink in their lifetime—more than just a few sips.
- Of those reporting alcohol use, students reported source of obtaining the
alcohol as follows:
67.1% “I got it from a family member or relative other than my parents.”
37.8% “I got if from someone I know under age 21.”
35.3% “I got it from home with my parents’ permission.”
32.9% “I got it from home without my parents’ permission.”
- Bienville Parish students report past 30 day use of alcohol at the following
rates: 6th grade-3.3%; 8th grade-14.2%; 10th grade-28.2%; 12th grade-33.8%.
- Only 73.3% of 6th graders perceive that people are at moderate or great risk of harming
themselves if they have 5 or more drinks once or twice a week.
- 28.6% of students surveyed believe that it would be “very easy” or “sort of easy” for someone under the age of 21 to buy alcohol from a store in their
Additional 2014 Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey data can be found at