According to a new report by SAMHSA, 26.6 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 20 consumed alcohol in the past month. 9 percent of them also said they purchased their own alcohol. In the United States, alcohol consumption is illegal for those under the age of 21.
Vermont had the highest rate of underage drinking with 37 percent of 12 to 20-year-olds consuming alcohol. The state with the lowest rate of underage alcohol consumption was Utah with 14.3 percent.
SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in a news release, “Even though drinking is often glamorized, the truth is that underage drinking can lead to poor academic performance, sexual assault, injury and even death.”
Also included in the report was the fact that the state of New York has had one of the highest rates of underage purchase of alcohol (15 percent) compared to states like Oregon and Idaho who both had a rate of 2.6 percent, and New Mexico with 2.5 percent purchasing alcohol underage.
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