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Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more so than tobacco or illicit drugs. Youth who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or afer age 21 years. Binge drinking accounts for about 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States. The NM-YRRS includes questions about alcohol use, access, attitudes and behaviors.


This report was produced by the NM Department of Health, the NM Public Education Department, and the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center. The NM-YRRS receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in cooperation with the NM PED through Grant number 1U87PS004195-01.



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