Youth Substance Use Trends

Rates of youth alcohol dependence or abuse remained steady between 2002-2007, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report. The report also shows that alcohol continues to be the number one drug of choice among adolescents nationwide. Northeast Seattle is no different.

In terms of addiction, the percent of adolescents meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence or abuse is higher than those meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence or abuse. Rates of alcohol dependence/abuse remained the same between 2006-07.

We know that youth who use alcohol at an earlier age are more likely to become addicted. That's why it's important for parents to start talking to their children about alcohol sooner rather than later. Visit the coalition's website for links to resources about preventing youth alcohol and substance abuse.