Reports & Research

NSDUH Reports

These reports present information compiled from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of U.S. citizens age 12 and older. The results compare usage patterns in correlation with mental health problems, as well as focusing on changes in substance use across the years.

2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health – National Findings

This year’s study showed similar alcohol usage patterns to those found in the previous two years, with a slight increase in high-risk drinking among minors. In the 12-20 age range, data shows that usage was highest among white, suburban males living in the Northeast.

2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health – National Findings

In this year’s results, we see that high-risk drinking numbers dipped slightly among 12- to 20- year-olds, as well as current usage numbers. On the other hand, the number of female underage drinkers rose in regards to current drinkers ages 12-17.

The NSDUH Report: State Estimates of Underage Drinking

This report presents state estimates on past month and high-risk drinking among minors and shows an almost regional approach to alcohol usage among underage students. Pennsylvania shows regular usage levels higher than Maryland and New Jersey, but lower than Delaware and New York. In terms of high-risk drinking, Pennsylvania’s rate is higher than any other bordering state.

Trends

According to statistics, Pennsylvania seems to be the “perfect” setting for underage drinking, meeting the criteria for region, small metropolitan areas, and lower overall incomes. Furthermore, according to reports over the past three to four years, we aren’t seeing a significant change in the usage numbers by children.