Average age youths in the U.S. aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol from 1991 to 2015
Median age of first alcohol use among U.S. youth 1991-2015
This statistic shows the average age youths aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol in the U.S. from 1991 to 2015. In the period 2013 to 2015, on average those aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol when they were 14.64 years old.
Average age youths in the U.S. aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol from 1991 to 2015
Average age in years
2013–201514.64
2012–201414.56
2011–201314.47
2010–201214.4
2009–201114.35
2008–201014.29
2007–200914.22
2006–200814.14
2005–200714.06
2004–200613.97
2003–200513.9
2002–200413.85
2001–200313.82
2000–200213.81
1999–200113.81
1998–200013.88
1997–199913.91
1996–199813.94
1995–199713.85
1994–199613.8
1993–199513.76
1992–199413.76
1991–199313.65
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Release date

March 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

1991 to 2015

Age group

12-20 years

Median age of first alcohol use among U.S. youth 1991-2015
This statistic shows the average age youths aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol in the U.S. from 1991 to 2015. In the period 2013 to 2015, on average those aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol when they were 14.64 years old.
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