CDC: Arkansas Teens Among Those Who Prefer Hard Liquor

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A recent survey of teenagers in Arkansas and three other states shows they prefer hard liquor over beer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its 2005 survey last week of more than 13,000 students in grades nine through 12 in Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

The agency said that nearly 50 percent of those surveyed said they had drunk liqour, such as vodka, rum, scotch, bourbon or whiskey, within the 30 days preceding the survey and that 26 percent said they had drunk malt beverages such as Smirnoff Ice, Bacardi Silver and hard lemonade.

Just 13.5 percent of the students polled said they had imbibed beer within the 30 days before the survey.

The survey says the preference for hard liquor over other forms of alcohol was based on assessibility, flavor and higher alcohol content.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)