The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted state-by-state surveys across the U.S. to determine rates of underage drinking. The survey asked respondents throughout the 50 states and the District of Columbia to report their alcohol use in the past 30 days.
Combining data collected in 2008 and 2010, the report found that 26.6 percent of individuals aged 12 to 20 drank alcohol in the past month. The rates of underage alcohol use in the past month were greatest in Vermont (37.0%) and lowest in Utah (14.3%). Rates of past month drinkers aged 12 to 20 who bought their own alcohol were highest in New York, at 15 percent, and lowest in New Mexico, at 2.6 percent.
NSDUH reports that while efforts have been made to reduce underage drinking, it is still a major problem. “Alcohol use constitutes one of the most serious public health issues for young people in the United States, creating negative health, social, and economic consequences for adolescents, their families, communities, and the Nation as a whole,” according to the report.
The findings of reports like these are significant, as they provide insight into where the greatest problems with underage drinking exist in the country. This vital information can help states with enforcement, education and prevention efforts, says the report.
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