The CDC’s journal Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR)–there’s something to leave on your coffee table–says that roughly 43% of 9th – 12th graders have had a drink of alcohol in the last 30 days, according to a 2005 study. And Nebraskans are weird:
Apparently, Nebraskan kids like their beer. Interestingly, race/ethnicity didn’t influence the type of booze or the frequency of boozing in any consistent fashion (groups might differ within a particular state, but there were no obvious national trends). The whole study is here.