April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month was developed in order to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of one of our nation’s top public health problems: alcoholism.
According to the National Institute of Health’s 2020 Monitoring the Future Survey, 55.3% of high school seniors used alcohol in the past year. Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. About 95,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year.
Clay County Results
Clay County schools take part in the Kansas Communities That Care Survey each year. According to student self reports, we know that this school year about 28% of our 6th through 12th grade students report drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime.
Of those who report using alcohol, about 19% of our high school students report binge drinking, or having 5 or more drinks on any one occasion.
Student Perceptions of Alcohol
About 85% of Clay County students do believe there is some risk of harming themselves if they drink alcohol regularly.
Over 55% of Clay County students who have used alcohol report that they usually choose to drink either in their home (58%) or a friend's home (56%).
About 57% of students report that they do not believe they will get caught by the police in the neighborhood where they live if they choose to drink alcohol.
In addition, 27% of students believe they would be seen as "cool" if they chose to drink alcohol.
See the full report here.