New SAMHSA Report on Drinking Among 12-20 Year-Olds

A new report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that more than a quarter – 27.6% – of young people age 12-20 consumed alcohol in the past month. The report draws this estimate from data compiled by the 2006-2008 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Rates of past-month consumption among 12-20 year-olds were highest in North Dakota (40.6%) and Vermont (40.4%).

Check out SAMHSA’s press release for more details. The full report is available here (PDF).

2 Responses to “New SAMHSA Report on Drinking Among 12-20 Year-Olds”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. Without rigorous licensing requirements for young women and young men who are 18-20, they’re more likely to abuse alcohol, however stereotypes shouldn’t define this age group. The alcohol consumption rates in Vermont and North Dakota by those 12-20 are high but they’re fortunate to live in states which border Canada because those 18 or 19 and 20 can drink alcohol in an open environment. 18 is the age of majority so that must be the drinking age.

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