Liquor Top Choice Among Teen Drinkers
Preference May Be Due to Liquor's High Ethanol Content, Notes Small CDC Study
July 26, 2007 -- Teen drinkers usually drink liquor, according to a CDC
study of alcohol use by teens in four states.
The CDC reviewed teen drinking
statistics from a 2005 survey of some 13,500 teens in grades 9-12 in Arkansas,
Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
At school, the teens completed
surveys about risky health behaviors including alcohol use.
About 43% of the students reported
having had at least one alcoholic drink within the past month.
The survey asked teen drinkers
what type of alcohol they usually drank, or whether they had no preference.
Liquor (bourbon, rum, scotch, vodka, and whiskey) led the list in each of the
The percentage of teen drinkers
who said they favored liquor included nearly 45% of teen drinkers in Arkansas,
about 34% in Nebraska, almost 36% in New Mexico, and about 40% in
Beer or malt beverages ranked
second. Very few teen drinkers -- about 3% or less -- said they favored
Why did teen drinkers favor
liquor? The study doesn't show that. But it may because of liquor's high
ethanol content and possible concealment in other beverages, such as soft
drinks, notes the CDC.
The findings, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
Report, may not reflect teen alcohol use nationwide.