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Learn more about alcohol, binge drinking and Blood Alcohol Content.

4+ drinks on one occasion for females
5+ drinks on one occasion for males

what is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 g/dl or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.4

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An average human body can process up to ONE drink an hour

liquor

1.5 ounces

wine

5 ounces

Beer

12 ounces

what do the numbers say?

( Data obtained from Non-Chicago Cook County IYS)

Teen Binge Drinking Rates are Concerning

More than twice as many seniors binge drank in the last two weeks compared to sophomores.

Perceived Parent Disapproval is Falling

12th graders believe fewer of their parents think it’s wrong for them to drink alcohol at least once or twice a month.

Perceived Risk of Use is Decreasing

Only 51% of 12th grade students think alcohol poses a moderate/great risk to people of their age.

why does it matter?

Youth brains are still developing and are vulnerable to addiction and harm.

The probability of impaired driving increases.

Drinking becomes normalized.

Parents start to think alcohol is a more acceptable substance.

binge drinking has been known to link to various Unintentional injuries like domestic violence or alcohol poisoning.

Your Brain on Drugs: Alcohol

what does the data say?

About Our Source

The Illinois Youth Survey is a statewide survey administered to hundreds of schools around the state. This initiative is lead by the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. All county and state level data are available on their website. We have selected to highlight a few data points from the 2018 Non-Chicago Cook County data set which provides a good representation of the entire township.

NOTE:
1. The data is completely anonymous:
The survey does not ask for any form of identification or question that might lead to the identity of the student. This is to ensure that students feel safe and answer questions honestly. It minimizes the chance of bias and inconsistent data.


2. The survey is standardized: This statewide survey is created by data professionals and undergoes a rigorous formation process that makes sure questions are clear, un-biased, and neutral among other things. Standardized surveys have a good chance of being both valid and reliable.


3. Correlation is not causation: We will often compare a data point with another. Their relationship may be indicative of a pattern or might be informative. Maybe when one data point increases, we notice that the other decreases. However, it is important to know that this correlation does not confirm or state that the increase in one is causing the decrease in the other or vice versa.

To view some basic level data for all substances visit our Data Highlights Page.

30 daY use rates
binge drinking
Have you had five or more drinks in the past two weeks?
Personal Disapproval
“How wrong do you think it is for someone your age to Drink beer, wine or hard liquor (e.g., vodka, whiskey or gin) regularly?”
Perceived Harm
“How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they :
“Take one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day””
Perceived Harm
“How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they :
“Have five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week”
Perceived Parent Disapproval of Use vs Parent Communication vs 30-Day Use

Parent Disapproval: How wrong do your parents feel it would be for you to Drink beer, wine, or hard liquor (e.g., vodka, whiskey, or gin) regularly (at least once or twice a month) ?
Parent Communication:  In the past year, have your parents/guardians talked to you about Not using Alcohol?
30 Day Use Rate: Have you had alcohol in the past 30 days?

Perceived Harm
“How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they Use e-cigarettes or other vaping products?
DUI
During the past 12 months,  you drove a car or other vehicle when:

This data is especially important in the conversation surrounding marijuana use and driving which has come  to be incorrectly perceived as  a safer alternative.

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