Youth alcohol use in Alaska has decreased by 33 percent since 2009.
The percentage of youth who report current alcohol use has decreased over the same time period for the nation as a whole, though the decrease has been less dramatic (down 17 percent between 20).
Because parents and non-parenting adults play such an important role in whether youth are involved in substance use and abuse, Healthy Voices Healthy Choices, a coalition of Volunteers of America Alaska with support from the Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions, asked the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center to conduct a survey to gather information about the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of adults in Anchorage regarding youth substance use and abuse in our community.
The survey, the , but with an expanded focus that gathered adult perceptions regarding youth use of marijuana and prescription drugs, as well as other youth behavioral health problems.
The percentage of youth using alcohol and marijuana is lower in Alaska than in the U. Alcohol is the substance that is most frequently consumed by youth based on self-reported data.
According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) survey, 22 percent of youth in Alaska reported using alcohol in the past 30 days.
Parents and other adults expressed greater concern about youth prescription drug use and its consequences than about youth marijuana use.