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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use


In 2006, some 21 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native children between the ages of 12 and 17 had used alcohol in the past month. A higher percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native children had smoked cigarettes in the past month than children of any other racial/ethnic group.

Figure 5.7. Percentage of children ages 12–17 who used alcohol, smoked cigarettes, or used marijuana in the past month, by race/ethnicity: 2006
Percentage of children ages 12–17 who used alcohol, smoked cigarettes, or used marijuana
in the past month, by race/ethnicity: 2006
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Data are graphed using unrounded estimates while the value labels are rounded.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2006.

In 2006, 21 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native children between the ages of 12 and 17 reported the use of alcohol in the past month. A higher percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native children reported use of alcohol in the past month compared to the percentage reported by Black (11 percent) and Asian (8 percent) children.

A higher percentage of American Indians/Alaska Natives between the ages of 12 and 17 smoked cigarettes in the past month (21 percent), compared to their White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian peers (12 percent, 6 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively). Among 12- to 17-year olds, a higher percentage of American Indians/Alaska Natives (11 percent) than Hispanics (6 percent) and Asians (3 percent) had used marijuana in the past month.

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