Risky Behavior in Teens
The table below shows the percentage of teenager boys and girls who reported engaging in risky behaviors.
Percentage of U.S. Students Grades 9-12 Who Reported Engaging in Risky Behavior
|Alcohol (in last 30 days)||45.8||43.8|
|Tobacco (in last 30 days)||24.6||30.3|
|Marijuana (in last 30 days)||19.3||25.1|
|Cocaine (in last 30 days)||3.5||4.6|
|Inhalants (in last 30 days)||3.4||4.3|
|Heroin (in lifetime)||2.0||4.3|
|Methamphetamine (in lifetime)||6.8||8.3|
|Ecstacy (MDMA; in lifetime)||10.4||11.6|
|Illegal steroids (in lifetime)||5.3||6.8|
|Had sexual intercourse (in lifetime)||45.3||48.0|
|Sexually active (had intercourse in past 3 months)||34.6||33.8|
|No condom use during last intercourse (among sexually active adolescents)||42.6||31.2|
|Alcohol or drug use at last sexual intercourse (among sexually active adolescents)||21.0||29.8|
|Had four or more sexual partners (in lifetime)||11.2||17.5|
|Behaviors That Contribute to Unintentional Injuries|
|Rarely or never wore seat belts in car||14.6||21.5|
|Bicycle riding without helmets (among those who rode bicycle in last 12 months)||84.2||87.2|
|Rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol (in last 30 days)||31.1||29.2|
|Drove car after drinking alcohol (in last 30 days)||8.9||15.0|
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004.
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