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Table 232.20. Percentage distribution of students in grades 9-12, by number of days they reported using alcohol anywhere or on school property during the previous 30 days and selected student characteristics: Selected years, 2011 through 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year and student characteristic Anywhere (including on school property)1 On school property2
0 days 1 or 2 days 3 to 29 days All 30 days 0 days 1 or 2 days 3 to 29 days All 30 days
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2011                                                
Total 61.3   (0.75) 19.4   (0.62) 18.3   (0.47) 0.9   (0.11) 94.9   (0.33) 3.3   (0.23) 1.3   (0.15) 0.5   (0.07)
Sex                                                
Male 60.5   (0.93) 18.5   (0.68) 19.5   (0.65) 1.5   (0.19) 94.6   (0.43) 3.1   (0.26) 1.5   (0.21) 0.8   (0.14)
Female 62.1   (0.91) 20.5   (0.74) 17.1   (0.63) 0.3   (0.08) 95.3   (0.35) 3.4   (0.29) 1.1   (0.16) 0.1 ! (0.04)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 59.7   (0.97) 19.5   (0.83) 20.1   (0.62) 0.7   (0.13) 96.0   (0.38) 2.8   (0.29) 0.9   (0.12) 0.3   (0.06)
Black 69.5   (1.40) 17.5   (1.06) 12.1   (0.97) 0.9   (0.21) 94.9   (0.50) 3.2   (0.41) 1.4   (0.28) 0.5 ! (0.18)
Hispanic 57.7   (1.38) 21.5   (0.75) 19.4   (0.94) 1.4   (0.25) 92.7   (0.68) 4.3   (0.31) 2.2   (0.45) 0.7   (0.17)
Asian 74.4   (2.90) 16.7   (2.86) 7.3   (1.42) 1.6 ! (0.73) 96.5   (1.21) 2.2 ! (0.96)   (†)   (†)
Pacific Islander 61.6   (6.40) 15.6   (3.98) 21.9   (4.87)   (†) 91.7   (3.61) 3.6 ! (1.62)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska
    Native
55.1   (2.26) 23.8   (2.23) 20.1   (1.51)   (†) 79.1   (4.15) 15.0   (3.14) 5.3   (0.96)   (†)
Two or more races 63.1   (3.08) 19.6   (2.94) 15.0   (1.88) 2.3 ! (0.96) 94.2   (1.32) 3.3   (0.86)   (†) 1.6 ! (0.74)
                                                 
Grade                                                
9th 70.2   (1.35) 17.8   (0.99) 11.2   (0.95) 0.7   (0.18) 94.6   (0.56) 3.7   (0.41) 1.4   (0.31) 0.4   (0.09)
10th 64.3   (1.37) 19.2   (1.11) 15.8   (0.66) 0.6   (0.15) 95.6   (0.51) 2.8   (0.40) 1.2   (0.24) 0.4   (0.11)
11th 57.3   (1.28) 21.1   (0.87) 20.6   (1.31) 1.1   (0.21) 94.8   (0.56) 3.2   (0.39) 1.3   (0.26) 0.7   (0.16)
12th 51.6   (1.29) 20.1   (0.93) 27.1   (1.25) 1.1   (0.24) 94.9   (0.48) 3.5   (0.38) 1.3   (0.26) 0.3 ! (0.10)
                                                 
20133                                                
Total 65.1   (1.08) 17.3   (0.56) 16.9   (0.78) 0.8   (0.12)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Sex                                                
Male 65.6   (1.30) 15.7   (0.75) 17.4   (0.90) 1.2   (0.19)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Female 64.5   (1.39) 18.8   (0.98) 16.3   (0.88) 0.3   (0.09)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 63.7   (1.63) 17.6   (0.87) 18.0   (1.11) 0.6   (0.13)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Black 70.4   (1.65) 15.5   (0.90) 13.6   (1.46) 0.6   (0.16)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Hispanic 62.5   (2.11) 18.0   (1.30) 18.3   (1.27) 1.2   (0.35)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Asian 78.3   (1.80) 14.8   (2.26) 6.3   (1.27)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Pacific Islander 73.2   (5.84) 18.2   (4.71) 7.5   (2.24)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska
    Native
66.6   (5.13) 14.8   (4.41) 17.4 ! (5.62)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Two or more races 63.9   (2.87) 18.7   (1.71) 16.4   (2.12) 1.0 ! (0.42)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Grade                                                
9th 75.6   (1.13) 13.6   (0.89) 10.0   (0.85) 0.7   (0.22)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
10th 69.1   (1.84) 15.9   (1.17) 14.5   (1.22) 0.6   (0.16)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
11th 60.8   (1.52) 18.6   (1.01) 19.7   (1.26) 0.9   (0.23)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
12th 53.2   (1.85) 21.5   (0.93) 24.6   (1.31) 0.7   (0.17)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
20153                                                
Total 67.2   (1.18) 17.6   (0.67) 14.5   (0.85) 0.7   (0.12)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Sex                                                
Male 67.8   (0.89) 16.1   (0.76) 15.1   (0.87) 1.0   (0.23)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Female 66.5   (1.89) 19.3   (1.09) 13.9   (1.12) 0.3 ! (0.13)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 64.8   (2.00) 18.5   (0.83) 16.2   (1.40) 0.5   (0.11)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Black 76.2   (2.82) 14.4   (1.82) 8.6   (1.24)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Hispanic 65.6   (1.28) 18.9   (1.25) 14.4   (0.76) 1.1   (0.25)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Asian 86.9   (1.83) 7.1   (1.48) 4.9   (0.88)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Pacific Islander 63.1   (10.62) 22.1 ! (8.78) 13.5 ! (5.64)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska
    Native
54.0   (8.12) 16.3 ! (5.91) 29.3 ! (8.96)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Two or more races 60.4   (2.68) 20.2   (2.17) 19.0   (2.32)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Sexual orientation4                                                
Heterosexual 67.9   (1.30) 17.5   (0.74) 13.9   (0.99) 0.6   (0.11)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Gay, lesbian, or bisexual 59.5   (2.07) 21.7   (1.84) 18.1   (1.54)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Not sure 65.4   (2.81) 14.6   (2.03) 16.6   (2.32) 3.4 ! (1.16)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Grade                                                
9th 76.6   (1.28) 14.2   (1.20) 8.5   (0.98) 0.6   (0.16)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
10th 71.0   (2.49) 16.0   (1.53) 12.2   (1.25) 0.8   (0.21)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
11th 62.0   (1.68) 19.9   (1.49) 17.8   (1.39) 0.3 ! (0.12)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
12th 57.6   (2.00) 21.0   (1.22) 20.4   (1.49) 0.9   (0.26)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
20173                                                
Total 70.2   (1.27) 16.4   (0.66) 12.8   (0.74) 0.6   (0.10)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Sex                                                
Male 72.4   (1.24) 14.6   (0.73) 12.0   (0.77) 0.9   (0.17)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Female 68.2   (1.57) 18.1   (0.94) 13.5   (0.94) 0.3   (0.08)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 67.6   (1.73) 16.9   (0.90) 15.0   (0.96) 0.5 ! (0.17)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Black 79.2   (2.27) 13.8   (1.45) 6.5   (0.94) 0.6 ! (0.21)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Hispanic 68.7   (1.53) 17.5   (0.85) 13.2   (1.09) 0.6   (0.18)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Asian 87.8   (1.74) 8.2   (1.44) 2.9 ! (0.97)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Pacific Islander 81.3   (3.17) 9.5   (2.45) 9.0 ! (3.20)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska
    Native
68.2   (8.15) 14.6   (3.29)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Two or more races 67.3   (2.50) 20.5   (2.37) 11.5   (1.66)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Sexual orientation4                                                
Heterosexual 70.3   (1.02) 16.6   (0.58) 12.7   (0.64) 0.4   (0.09)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Gay, lesbian, or bisexual 62.6   (2.39) 18.9   (1.63) 17.6   (1.49) 0.8 ! (0.25)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Not sure 78.5   (2.77) 11.7   (1.64) 6.5   (1.15) 3.4 ! (1.59)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Grade                                                
9th 81.2   (1.23) 11.6   (0.69) 7.0   (0.83) 0.1 ! (0.06)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
10th 73.0   (1.60) 15.2   (0.92) 11.3   (0.93) 0.6 ! (0.26)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
11th 65.6   (1.68) 18.5   (1.07) 15.4   (1.15) 0.5 ! (0.20)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
12th 59.2   (1.92) 21.3   (1.15) 18.5   (1.35) 1.1 ! (0.33)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students were simply asked how many days during the previous 30 days they had at least one drink of alcohol.
2 In the question about drinking alcohol at school, "on school property" was not defined for survey respondents.
3 Data on alcohol use at school were not collected from 2013 onward.
4 Students were asked which sexual orientation--"heterosexual (straight)," "gay or lesbian," "bisexual," or “not sure"--best described them.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2011 through 2017. (This table was prepared August 2018.)

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