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High School Student Alcohol and Drug Use
1997 Survey of Los Angeles Unified School District Students (1)

High School Students Who Drank Alcoholic Beverages (2)

Drinking Habit Percent
Ever had at least one drink of alcohol 78%
Drank alcohol on >1 of the 30 days preceding the survey 47%
Drank five or more drinks of alcohol on at least one occasion on >1 of the 30 days preceding the survey 26%

High School Students Who Used Marijuana or Cocaine

Illegal Drug Use Ever used this drug Used this drug one or more times during the 30 days preceding the survey
Marijuana 46% 25%
Cocaine 12% 4%

(1) Adolescents 12 to 17 years of age from L.A. Unified School District, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States 1997
(2) Based on National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism guidelines: a drink is considered
one can or bottle of beer, one glass of wine or cock-tail or shot of liquor.

Source: Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services



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