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The most recently available substance use estimates from NHANES were based on combined data from 1999 to 2004 and indicated that 13.0 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 had smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, 21.1 percent had used alcohol in the past 30 days, and 10.4 percent were past month binge alcohol users. An estimated 21.1 percent of youths had ever tried marijuana, and 2.4 percent had ever used cocaine (Fryar, Merino, Hirsch, & Porter, 2009). NSDUH estimates for youths aged 12 to 17 in 2002 to 2004 ranged from 11.9 to 13.0 percent for past month use of cigarettes, from 17.6 to 17.7 percent for past month alcohol use, and from 10.6 to 11.1 percent for past month binge alcohol use. Lifetime use of marijuana in 2002 to 2004 among youths ranged from 19.0 to 20.6 percent, and lifetime use of cocaine ranged from 2.4 to 2.7 percent.

Binge drinking involves a dangerous pattern of excessive alcohol consumption

Miller, J. W., Gfroerer, J. C., Brewer, R. D., Naimi, T. S., Mokdad, A., & Giles, W. H. (2004). Prevalence of adult binge drinking: A comparison of two national surveys. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 27, 197-204.


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Conclusion: Interpersonal violence among youth is associated with binge drinking

National estimates obtained through the BRFSS online analysis tool or in publications that cite BRFSS data typically are presented as medians. BRFSS includes questions on alcohol consumption and tobacco use. However, definitions of binge alcohol use and current cigarette use differ between NSDUH and BRFSS. Since 2006, BRFSS has used a lower threshold for binge alcohol use for females (four or more drinks on an occasion) than for males (five or more drinks on an occasion), whereas NSDUH uses the same criterion for males and females (i.e., consumption of five or more drinks on an occasion). Current cigarette users in BRFSS are defined as adults who have smoked 100 or more cigarettes in their lifetime and who report that they currently smoke cigarettes. In NSDUH, current cigarette use is defined as any cigarette use in the 30 days prior to the interview.