How many teens drink alcohol?

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 Gradual Decline in Alcohol Use Slows. Over the past 10 years alcohol use gradually declined across all grades. However, the long-term trend leveled off in 2020.

The chart below shows the percentage of teens who say they use alcohol.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Alcohol for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2020 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Alcohol 5+ Drinks/Row 4.5 9.6 16.8
Lifetime 25.6 46.4 61.5
Past Year 20.5 40.7 55.3
Past Month 9.9 20.3 33.6
Daily 0.4 1.0 2.7

Explore teen substance use trends over time, by grade and substance with an interactive chart featuring Monitoring the Future data from 2016 to present.

For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.