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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009
NCES 2010-012
December 2009

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Table 15.1.

Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported using alcohol during the previous 30 days, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 1993–2007


Student or school characteristic Anywhere   On school property
1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 1993   1995   1997   1999 2001   2003   2005   2007  
Total  48.0 51.6 50.8 50.0 47.1 44.9 43.3 44.7   5.2   6.3   5.6   4.9 4.9   5.2   4.3   4.1  
                                                 
Sex                                                 
Male  50.1 53.2 53.3 52.3 49.2 43.8 43.8 44.7   6.2   7.2   7.2   6.1 6.1   6.0   5.3   4.6  
Female  45.9 49.9 47.8 47.7 45.0 45.8 42.8 44.6   4.2   5.3   3.6   3.6 3.8   4.2   3.3   3.6  
                                                 
Race/ethnicity1                                                 
White  49.9 54.1 54.0 52.5 50.4 47.1 46.4 47.3   4.6   5.6   4.8   4.8 4.2   3.9   3.8   3.2  
Black  42.5 42.0 36.9 39.9 32.7 37.4 31.2 34.5   6.9   7.6   5.6   4.3 5.3   5.8   3.2   3.4  
Hispanic  50.8 54.7 53.9 52.8 49.2 45.6 46.8 47.6   6.8   9.6   8.2   7.0 7.0   7.6   7.7   7.5  
Asian  (2) (2) (2) 25.7 28.4 27.5 21.5 25.4   (2)   (2)   (2)   2.0 6.8   5.6   1.3 ! 4.4  
American Indian/
Alaska Native 
45.3 51.4 57.6 49.4 51.4 51.9 57.4 34.5   6.7 ! 8.1 ! 8.6 ! 8.2   7.1 ! 6.2 ! 5.0  
Pacific Islander/
Native Hawaiian 
(2) (2) (2) 60.8 52.3 40.0 38.7 48.8   (2)   (2)   (2)   6.7 12.4   8.5 !   8.6 !
More than one race  (2) (2) (2) 51.1 45.4 47.1 39.0 46.2   (2)   (2)   (2)   5.2 7.0 ! 13.3   3.5   5.4  
                                                 
Grade                                                 
9th  40.5 45.6 44.2 40.6 41.1 36.2 36.2 35.7   5.2   7.5   5.9   4.4 5.3   5.1   3.7   3.4  
10th  44.0 49.5 47.2 49.7 45.2 43.5 42.0 41.8   4.7   5.9   4.6   5.0 5.1   5.6   4.5   4.1  
11th  49.7 53.7 53.2 50.9 49.3 47.0 46.0 49.0   5.2   5.7   6.0   4.7 4.7   5.0   4.0   4.2  
12th  56.4 56.5 57.3 61.7 55.2 55.9 50.8 54.9   5.5   6.2   5.9   5.0 4.3   4.5   4.8   4.8  
                                                 
Urbanicity                                                 
Urban  48.9 46.5 45.2 41.5       6.4   5.0 5.4   6.1      
Suburban  50.5 51.4 47.6 46.5       5.2   4.6 4.9   4.8      
Rural  55.4 52.2 50.2 45.3       5.3   5.6 4.0   4.7      
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
2 The response categories for race/ethnicity changed in 1999 making comparisons of some categories with earlier years problematic. In 1993, 1995, and 1997, Asian students and Pacific Islander students were not categorized separately and students were not given the option of choosing more than one race.
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" is not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students are simply asked how many days did they have at least one drink of alcohol during the past 30 days.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 1993–2007.
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