Survey: 65% of Idaho teens have tried alcohol

Feb 2 2012 - 11:01am

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The majority of responding Idaho students, 65 percent, said they had tried alcohol sometime during their lifetimes, and 22 percent said they consumed five or more alcoholic drinks in a row on at least one of the 30 days preceding the survey.
The majority of responding Idaho students, 65 percent, said they had tried alcohol sometime during their lifetimes, and 22 percent said they consumed five or more alcoholic drinks in a row on at least one of the 30 days preceding the survey.

The Idaho State Department of Education on Wednesday released the results of a 2011 survey of the state's high school students regarding their participation in risky behaviors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which was administered last spring to more than 1,700 students in 48 randomly selected public high schools in Idaho.

--The majority of responding students, 65 percent, said they had tried alcohol sometime during their lifetimes, and 22 percent said they consumed five or more alcoholic drinks in a row on at least one of the 30 days preceding the survey.

Eight percent of students admitted to driving after drinking alcohol.

--Thirty-nine percent of students had tried cigarettes at least once in their lives, and six percent said they were frequent cigarette smokers. Twenty percent of students said they had used some form of tobacco, including cigarettes, chew and cigars, during the previous month.

--Thirty-five percent of students said they had used marijuana at least once during their lifetimes, and 19 percent said they had used marijuana at least once during the 30 days before the survey.

--Twenty percent of students had taken a prescription drug without a prescription at least once in their lives, 12 percent had used inhalants, 9 percent had used ecstacy, 7 percent had used cocaine, and 3 percent each had used heroin and methamphetamine.

--Twenty-three percent of students had carried a weapon onto school property during the month before the survey, while 7 percent reported being threatened or injured with a weapon at school during the past year. Twenty-six percent of students said they had been teased for their physical appearance, and 23 percent said they had been bullied, during the past year. Nine percent each reported being teased for their racial/ethnic background or for being perceived to be gay, lesbian or bisexual during the past year.

--Thirteen percent of students said they had made a suicide plan, and 7 percent said they attempted suicide during the previous year.

--Forty percent of all students and 53 percent of high school seniors reported having had sexual intercourse at least once. Twelve percent of male students and 16 percent of female students said they did not use a condom the last time they had sex.

--Thirty percent of students reported sending or receiving a nude or semi-nude picture of themselves or someone else via email or text message during the 12 months before the survey.

--Twenty-three percent of students were considered overweight or obese, with 61 percent of female students and 27 percent of male students reporting they were trying to lose weight. Male students, 61 percent, were more likely than female students, 44 percent, to be physically active for at least an hour per day for at least five days per week.

--Only 19 percent of students reported eating fruits and vegetables at least five times during the past week.

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