Household Alcohol Problems

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Percent of Total All Grades Students Reporting They Live with Someone Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol, 2019: by County

PercentCompare to State Average: 10.7%
Minnesota10.7%Barchart image
Aitkin County13.5%Barchart image
Anoka County11.2%Barchart image
Becker County13.7%Barchart image
Beltrami County12.0%Barchart image
Benton County12.6%Barchart image
Big Stone County13.2%Barchart image
Blue Earth County10.9%Barchart image
Brown County11.5%Barchart image
Carlton County12.8%Barchart image
Carver County9.3%Barchart image
Cass County15.1%Barchart image
Chippewa County11.2%Barchart image
Chisago County12.7%Barchart image
Clay County9.3%Barchart image
Clearwater County*
Cook County16.2%Barchart image
Cottonwood County9.6%Barchart image
Crow Wing County11.0%Barchart image
Dakota County9.8%Barchart image
Dodge County10.5%Barchart image
Douglas County11.1%Barchart image
Faribault County11.2%Barchart image
Fillmore County13.5%Barchart image
Freeborn County12.5%Barchart image
Goodhue County17.4%Barchart image
Grant County9.9%Barchart image
Hennepin County8.8%Barchart image
Houston County11.2%Barchart image
Hubbard County12.6%Barchart image
Isanti County15.4%Barchart image
Itasca County13.8%Barchart image
Jackson County14.5%Barchart image
Kanabec County16.3%Barchart image
Kandiyohi County10.5%Barchart image
Kittson County7.3%Barchart image
Koochiching County15.8%Barchart image
Lac Qui Parle County10.2%Barchart image
Lake County8.5%Barchart image
Lake of the Woods County16.0%Barchart image
Le Sueur County11.6%Barchart image
Lincoln County17.8%Barchart image
Lyon County10.3%Barchart image
McLeod County15.8%Barchart image
Mahnomen County10.7%Barchart image
Marshall County6.8%Barchart image
Martin County16.4%Barchart image
Meeker County11.4%Barchart image
Mille Lacs County14.4%Barchart image
Morrison County12.5%Barchart image
Mower County14.7%Barchart image
Murray County11.3%Barchart image
Nicollet County9.1%Barchart image
Nobles County9.7%Barchart image
Norman County17.3%Barchart image
Olmsted County10.1%Barchart image
Otter Tail County10.6%Barchart image
Pennington County10.5%Barchart image
Pine County14.7%Barchart image
Pipestone County15.7%Barchart image
Polk County9.4%Barchart image
Pope County11.4%Barchart image
Ramsey County10.6%Barchart image
Red Lake County9.3%Barchart image
Redwood County13.4%Barchart image
Renville County10.9%Barchart image
Rice County10.0%Barchart image
Rock County7.8%Barchart image
Roseau County12.4%Barchart image
St. Louis County12.4%Barchart image
Scott County11.0%Barchart image
Sherburne County11.8%Barchart image
Sibley County14.2%Barchart image
Stearns County8.9%Barchart image
Steele County11.9%Barchart image
Stevens County17.4%Barchart image
Swift County*
Todd County13.7%Barchart image
Traverse County11.7%Barchart image
Wabasha County12.0%Barchart image
Wadena County10.3%Barchart image
Waseca County14.8%Barchart image
Washington County9.4%Barchart image
Watonwan County12.3%Barchart image
Wilkin County8.1%Barchart image
Winona County11.7%Barchart image
Wright County12.0%Barchart image
Yellow Medicine County12.2%Barchart image

About the Indicator:

Note: 5th graders were asked this question in 2013, but not in 2016.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect and a range of household dysfunction. ACEs put individuals at risk for a number of negative outcomes across the lifespan, including: alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; anxiety; hopelessness; depression; and suicidal ideation and attempts.

One ACE measured by the Minnesota Student Survey is household alcohol problems. Students were asked if they live with someone who drinks too much alcohol. Compared to students who do not live with someone who drinks too much alcohol, those who do are more likely to report past month use of marijuana (23.4% vs 8.5%), alcohol (35.8% vs 14.5%), and tobacco (25.9% vs 9.5%).

For more information on ACEs, see the 2017 ACEs and Substance Use SUMN Fact Sheet.

Data Source: Minnesota Student Survey (MSS)

Description: The MSS is a confidential and anonymous self-administered survey given to students attending Minnesota public, charter and tribal schools. From 1995 to 2010, the survey was administered to students in 6th, 9th, and 12th grades. New in 2013, the survey was administered to students in 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grades. Trend data are now only available for 9th graders, and only for survey questions that did not change. Most schools elect to participate in the survey; in 2013, this included 84% of public schools in Minnesota.

Although the data are not presented here, the survey is also administered to area learning centers, juvenile correction facilities and private schools electing to participate.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Department of Education

Geographic Level: State, Region, and County

Aggregated data at the state and county level do not reveal disparities that may exist within a given geographic area.

Frequency: Data collected and reported every three years

Characteristics: The results of the MSS are also available at a county level. Data Privacy requirements mandate that data is presented in a manner such that no individual student can be identified through the presentation of the results. As part of the Data Privacy practices, the results are also presented in a manner that no individual school district could be identified through the results. Therefore, for counties that have only one school district, the results are not presented. Results are also withheld for counties in which the minimum number for student participation was not met.

The MSS is a “census” of schools, not a sample. The school districts get their own data. Fifth-graders were not asked all substance use questions. Some school districts do not participate, and student participation within the school district can vary widely. These data are self-reported.