Working to prevent and reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and moving Richland County towards a DRUG FREE community.

Youth Alcohol Consumption

November 7, 2012

"In 2011, the health assessment results indicated that 41% of Richland County youth had drunk at least one drink of alcohol in their life increasing to 60% of youth seventeen and older. 

35% of those who drank, took their first drink before the age of 12.  Less than one-fifth (18%) of all Richland County youth and 23% of those 17-18 years had at least one drink in the past 30 days.  Over half (56%) of the youth who reported drinking in the past 30 days had at least one episode of binge drinking."

Info from Section 24 - Page 1 of Richland County Community Health Assessment 2011

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