Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug by youth in the United States. Youth who drink alcohol before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older. Binge drinking (5 or more drinks on a single occasion) accounts for about 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth 12–20 years of age in the United States. The New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey (NM-YRRS) includes questions about alcohol use, access, attitudes, and behaviors as well as protective (resiliency) factors that can help reduce these risky behaviors.
Healy, R; D Green; C FitzGerald; and L Penaloza. "New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency 2015 Survey Results Report: Alcohol Use and Related Behaviors.." (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/prc-reports-documents/28