Good news! Our last 3 youth surveys show a consistent decline in underage drinking in Norwalk. Learn more below. To get involved, join our alcohol committee, which meets virtually, every other month on the 1st Wednesday from 3:30pm-5pm
Scroll down to see our infobrief & get answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Make sure your keep your liquor locked up and out of the hands of kids! If you can't keep it in a locked cabinet, consider using our Liquor Stickers to prevent youth from accessing an open bottle! Available at participating package stores in Norwalk.
Are all Norwalk kids drinking?
No! The good news is that the majority of Norwalk kids are NOT drinking. But our 2018 Norwalk youth survey found that:
1 in 3 (32%) of all high schoolers surveyed (9th & 11th graders) surveyed drank 1 or more alcoholic beverages in the past month, compared with the state average of 1 in 4 high schoolers (26%).
25% of all grades surveyed (7th, 9th and 11th) had at least 1 alcoholic drink in the past month
13% of 7th graders drank in the past month. See infobrief for grade by grade drinking.
Almost 1 in 4 Norwalk juniors reported binge-drinking in the past 2 weeks
The most common drinking location reported by teens is at their own home or a friend's house.
In our 2021 survey, drinking rates were very low, due to the quarantine. We will be re-surveying in October 2022--stay tuned for new data!
How much is a standard drink?
Responsible Drinking Q&A
In the United States, a "standard" drink contains about 14 grams of alcohol. That's the amount in:
12 oz of beer (if the beer is 5% Alcohol by Volume)
5 oz of wine (if the wine is 12% Alcohol)
1.5 oz (1 shot) of liquor (if the liquor is 40% Alcohol, aka 80 proof)
A regular size wine bottle contains about 5 standard drinks. Drinks in restaurants are often 2 or more "standard" drinks. For example, wine may come in 6oz-9oz amounts. A cocktail often contains 2 shots. Learn more & get tools for making changes at Rethinking Drinking.