A new report reveals high rates of underage alcohol use across the fifty states. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, one in four people aged 12 to 20 report drinking alcohol in the last month, and approximately 8.7 percent of those drinkers purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank.
The report, which used combined data from 2008 to 2010, found that underage drinking rates vary widely by state. Utah claims the lowest rate of underage alcohol use (14.3 percent) and Vermont the highest (37 percent). Overall, the Northeast region shows the highest rates of underage alcohol use. Six of the top ten underage drinking states—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont—are in the Northeast.
Self-purchase of alcohol also varied widely by region. In New York, 15 percent of underage drinkers purchased their own alcohol. New Mexico had the lowest rate of underage drinkers purchasing alcohol—2.5 percent.
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