We all hear it. They talk about the parties at school. He got wasted this weekend, and she was trashed.

The reality is that alcohol use among Grand Prairie students is declining.
(Source: 2008 Texas School Survey of Secondary Students in GPISD)

  • Since 1998, the number of students (grades 7-12) reporting ever trying alcohol has declined by 13% (7th graders reported a 18% decline).
  • In the past two years, the number of students reporting ever trying alcohol has declined by 5%.
  • Only 30% of students (grades 7-12) reported drinking in the past 30 days (down 30% since 1988; 20% since 1998; 3.5% since 2006).
  • GPISD has seen a drastic decline in reported 30 day use: 22% decline across all grades compared to a 4% decline across the state of Texas.
  • 79% of students reported their parents disapprove of underage drinking (up 2% since 2004).


"Greatness is not a matter of circumstance. Greatness is a matter of choice and discipline."


  • Alcohol is still the most widely used substance abuse among students statewide and in the GPISD.
  • 69% of GPISD students said alcohol is easy to obtain.
  • 31% of GPISD students reported they obtained alcohol at parties while 23% said they get it from friends and 7% said they purchase alcohol from stores.
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