Median age of first alcohol use among U.S. youth 1991-2015

Average age youths in the U.S. aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol from 1991 to 2015

by John Elflein, last edited Aug 1, 2017
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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Average age youths in the U.S. aged 12 to 20 years first drank alcohol from 1991 to 2015

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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
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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by John Elflein, last edited Aug 1, 2017
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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