Talbot County

Talbot County Underage Drinking

Our Youth

Talbot County has a significant adolescent alcohol abuse issue.

  • Talbot County ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders' 30-day use of alcohol is 18%, 31%, 30% and 45% respectively.
  • 14% of high school seniors reported driving when they had been drinking one or more times in the past 30 days.
  • 26% of high school seniors, 23% of juniors, 18% of sophomores and 20% of freshmen admitted to riding with a driver who had been drinking.
  • 31% of 12th graders reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.

Our Adults

Talbot County’s growing alcohol use problem is not limited to our youth. Our adults are also at high risk for substance abuse, as is indicated by per capita consumption of alcohol, per capita number of facilities licensed to sell alcohol, and hospital inpatient discharge rates for alcohol-related diagnoses.

The consumption of alcohol by adults in our community sets the behavior example for our county’s youth. Two of the three root causes for alcohol abuse in Talbot County are directly related to adults’ drinking behavior and lifestyle:

  • The adult community culture accepts alcohol abuse
  • Interventions for substance abuse occur too late
  • Alcohol is too easy to obtain at home and in the community

Binge Drinking

Educate yourself! Learn more about what defines binge drinking.

Be the Parent on the Scene!

Through the Be the Parent on the Scene social norms marketing campaign, we aim to reduce the rate of youth binge and underage drinking in Talbot County by informing the adults – specifically the parents -- in our community about current statistics and by encouraging change, both within themselves and as role models for their own children and for our county’s youth at-large.

Reducing these numbers will position the children in our county to have a higher potential for healthy lifestyles and future success.


In addition to the Be the Parent on the Scene web site, we offer a comprehensive list of resources related to underage drinking and alcohol abuse.