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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010
NCES 2011-002
November 2010


Table 15.1.

Percentage of students in grades 912 who reported using alcohol at least one day during the previous 30 days, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 19932009


Student or school characteristic Anywhere   On school property  
1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009   1993   1995   1997   1999 2001   2003   2005   2007   2009  
                                                       
Total 48.0 51.6 50.8 50.0 47.1 44.9 43.3 44.7 41.8   5.2   6.3   5.6   4.9 4.9   5.2   4.3   4.1   4.5  
                                                       
Sex                                                      
Male 50.1 53.2 53.3 52.3 49.2 43.8 43.8 44.7 40.8   6.2   7.2   7.2   6.1 6.1   6.0   5.3   4.6   5.3  
Female 45.9 49.9 47.8 47.7 45.0 45.8 42.8 44.6 42.9   4.2   5.3   3.6   3.6 3.8   4.2   3.3   3.6   3.6  
                                                       
Race/ethnicity1                                                      
White 49.9 54.1 54.0 52.5 50.4 47.1 46.4 47.3 44.7   4.6   5.6   4.8   4.8 4.2   3.9   3.8   3.2   3.3  
Black 42.5 42.0 36.9 39.9 32.7 37.4 31.2 34.5 33.4   6.9   7.6   5.6   4.3 5.3   5.8   3.2   3.4   5.4  
Hispanic 50.8 54.7 53.9 52.8 49.2 45.6 46.8 47.6 42.9   6.8   9.6   8.2   7.0 7.0   7.6   7.7   7.5   6.9  
Asian (2) (2) (2) 25.7 28.4 27.5 21.5 25.4 18.3   (2)   (2)   (2)   2.0 6.8   5.6   1.3 ! 4.4   2.9  
American Indian/
   Alaska Native
45.3 51.4 57.6 49.4 51.4 51.9 57.4 34.5 42.8   6.7 ! 8.1 ! 8.6 ! 8.2   7.1 ! 6.2 ! 5.0   4.3 !
Pacific Islander/
   Native Hawaiian
(2) (2) (2) 60.8 52.3 40.0 38.7 48.8 34.8   (2)   (2)   (2)   6.7 12.4   8.5 !     10.0  
Two or more races (2) (2) (2) 51.1 45.4 47.1 39.0 46.2 44.3   (2)   (2)   (2)   5.2 7.0 ! 13.3   3.5   5.4   6.7  
                                                       
Grade                                                      
9th 40.5 45.6 44.2 40.6 41.1 36.2 36.2 35.7 31.5   5.2   7.5   5.9   4.4 5.3   5.1   3.7   3.4   4.4  
10th 44.0 49.5 47.2 49.7 45.2 43.5 42.0 41.8 40.6   4.7   5.9   4.6   5.0 5.1   5.6   4.5   4.1   4.8  
11th 49.7 53.7 53.2 50.9 49.3 47.0 46.0 49.0 45.7   5.2   5.7   6.0   4.7 4.7   5.0   4.0   4.2   4.6  
12th 56.4 56.5 57.3 61.7 55.2 55.9 50.8 54.9 51.7   5.5   6.2   5.9   5.0 4.3   4.5   4.8   4.8   4.1  
                                                       
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 two or more races.
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 during the past 30 days they had at least one drink of alcohol.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 1993–2009.
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