Alcohol Abuse

The 2018 Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use asked students in grades 7 through 12 about their alcohol use. Among the respondents in Region 5:

Region 5 students drink alcohol more frequently than Texas students as a whole.

Nearly 28% of students in Region 5 report that they normally drink alcohol at least once a month—compared with about 20% of students in Texas overall.

Within Region 5, frequency increases with age, with a notable jump in usage between grades 8 and 9. Among 12th-graders in Region 5, over 41% say they normally use alcohol at least once a month.

Binge drinking is also more common in Region 5.

Binge drinking is typically defined as having more than 5 drinks of alcohol in a two-hour period. Nearly 18% of Region 5 students have engaged in binge drinking at least one day in the month before the survey; in Texas as a whole, that figure is just over 12% of students.

Like other risky behaviors related to alcohol use, binge drinking is more frequent among older students. Almost 26% of 12th-graders report that they've engaged in binge drinking at least one day in the past month.

How do Region 5 perceive the risks of drinking alcohol?

Around 20% of Region 5 students said they think drinking alcohol is "not very dangerous" or "not at all dangerous" for kids to drink. Just under 17% of students in Texas overall reported these views.

Within Region 5, perception of risk largely tracks with age. Among 7th graders, around 13% said they thought drinking alcohol was "not very" or "not at all" dangerous. Among 12th graders, this figure was over 22%.

Where do students in Region 5 get alcohol?

"Friends" and "Parties" were the most common sources for getting alcohol among students in Region 5, though a relatively large number of students (20%) reported that they "seldom" were able to obtain alcohol from home. 

To explore this data in more depth, use the drop-down menu below.

Use the drop-down filter to select an alcohol source. The two charts will show data for that source, comparing Region 5 to Texas (top) and different grade levels within Region 5. 

Note that only two of the five responses are shown here, for simplicity. 

Additional Resources

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Teen Substance Use and Risks

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Find Help and Treatment

• ADACNET: Preventing Abuse by Reaching Today's Youth (PARTY)


About the Data

All data is from the 2018 Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use. Statewide data can be found here (pdf); Region 5 data is here (pdf). Note that percentages have been weighted to reflect the proportion within the population.