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According to the Guam State Epidemiological Profile August 2018:
The youth substance use problems in the community according to Guam State Epidemiological Workgroup Report (SEOW) revealed that over half (51%) of Guam adults reported first using alcohol between the ages of 18 and 24, while one-third (32%) tried alcohol first between the ages of 13 to 17. Four percent (4%) of the adults surveyed reported trying alcohol for the first time before the age of 12 years.
Males were more likely to perceive no risk to binge drinking (17% vs. 9%), while females were more likely to report binge drinking as causing great risk of harm (54% vs. 38%).
The underage alcohol use trend appears to be increasing for Guam. In 2015, 16% of high school students in Guam reported that they had their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13 years, while 11% of middle school students stated they had their first drink of alcohol before the age of 11 years.
Drinking and driving increased among Guam high school students between 2011 and 2015. Nearly one in eleven students reported they drove when drinking alcohol during the 30 days before the survey. YRBS24 Reports over one-quarter of Guam’s high school students had their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13, 17% of middle school students had their first alcoholic drink before the age of 11, and over 1/3 of high school students are current drinkers.
According to the DPHSS, Cancer Facts and Figures 2008-2012 in the Guam State Epidemiological Profile August 2018, alcohol is a major risk factor for liver cancer. Liver cancer has risen in rank from being the 5th cause of cancer death in Guam in 2003-2007, to being the 2nd in 2008-2012.
Guam Police Department’s 2019 Juvenile Arrest Charge Summary for the Village of Dededo specifically, there were 326 youth taken into custody in 2019. Of these arrests, over half of them (60%) were crimes related to underage alcohol use.
Guam Department of Education’s Student Support Services Division reports of the five (5) high schools in the Village of Dededo, there were 265 youth charged with either “Use/Possession/Distribution of Alcohol” or “Intoxication” in the 2019-2020 academic year, which is a 6.4% increase from the 2018-2019 academic year, 249 to 265 youth respectively.