Results of the 2011 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) reveal few recent changes in the rates of health risk behaviors among the state’s public middle school students. While the rates of many behaviors associated with alcohol use have decreased among high school students in recent years, statistically significant changes were not seen among middle school students. The prevalence of current drinking, binge drinking, riding in a car with a drinking driver, and cocaine use appeared lower in 2011 than 2009, but these differences were not statistically significant. At the same time, New Mexico has seen statistically significant increases among middle school students in the rates of being bullied on school property and in fasting to lose weight, an unhealthy weight control behavior. Caring and supportive relationships between middle school students and their parents or guardians, teachers, peers, and adults in their communities continue to be strongly associated with lower rates of alcohol, drug, or tobacco use, violent acts and suicide attempts.
Green, D; L Penaloza; and C FitzGerald. "New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey: Middle School Survey Results 2011." (2012). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/prc-reports-documents/23