According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), alcohol is the most commonly used drug among youth. Nearly half (48% (44.3%, 52.6%)) of Simcoe Muskoka students report drinking alcohol in the past year, which was not significantly different from the provincial average of 46% (42.9%, 48.7%).
The long-term provincial trend (going back to 1977) shows a dramatic decrease in alcohol use among grade seven and grade nine students and a significant but less pronounced decline among grade eleven students.
Also from the 2015 (OSDUHS), approximately one-quarter of Simcoe Muskoka high school students reported higher risk drinking behaviours in the previous month, including: binge drinking (26% (21.1%, 32.1%)), drunkenness (22% (16.2%, 29.7%)) or participating in drinking games (28% (19.2%, 38.4%)); which were all similar to their respective provincial averages.
Higher risk drinking behaviours, like binge drinking, are reported more frequently among students in higher grades and with higher perceived income status.