The most recent data available indicate alcohol use is higher in Washoe County among high school students, college students, and adults compared to national rates.
In 2017, 35.2% of high school students in Washoe County indicated they had lived with someone who was a problem drinker, alcoholic, or abuser of street or prescription drugs. This was higher than data for the state of Nevada.
One in five (20.5%) adults in Washoe County reported binge drinking in the past 30 days and 9.1% were classified as heavy drinkers. Both binge and heavy drinking rates in Washoe County were higher than Nevada and the United States.
Most recent data indicate marijuana use is higher among all measured populations (middle school students, high school students, college students, and adults) in Washoe County compared to the United States.
In 2017, nearly half (47.8%) of high school students in Washoe County reported they had used e- cigarettes at least once in their life, and one in five (21.8%) had used e-cigarettes or vape pens in the past 30 days. Both lifetime and current e-cigarette use among youth were higher than reported current use among adults in Washoe County and higher compared to Nevada and the United States.
In 2017, 14.8% of high school students in Washoe County reported they had used prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription at least once in their lifetime. Tenth graders had the highest proportion of misuse at 17.9%.