Alcohol Use Before & After The 21st Birthday

Among young adults approaching their 21st birthdays (i.e., persons surveyed in the 30 days prior to their 21st birthdays), 86.1 percent had used alcohol in their lifetime, including 62.8 percent who had initiated use before their 18th birthdays.

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Rates of past month and binge alcohol use were higher among young adults who had recently turned 21 than among those who were still 20 years old.

Rates of past month and binge alcohol use among 21 year olds declined and then stabilized in the months following their 21st birthdays, but their rates still remained higher than those for 20 year olds.