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.
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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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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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Release date
March 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1991 to 2015
Age group
12-20 years

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