Data: State Estimates
Just as the underage drinking strategies used by states vary, so do the challenges faced by each. A recent short report from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveals state-level data on underage alcohol use and youth self-purchase of alcohol.
Underage alcohol use. Rates of underage past-month alcohol use were among the lowest in Utah (13.7 percent) and among the highest in North Dakota (40.6 percent) and Vermont (40.4 percent).
Youth self-purchase of alcohol. The percentages of past-month drinkers age 12 to 20 who bought their own alcohol were among the lowest in Alaska (3.1 percent) and New Mexico (3.7 percent) and among the highest in Louisiana and the District of Columbia (both at 18.8 percent).
For more, download State Estimates of Underage Alcohol Use and Self-Purchase of Alcohol at http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/180/180UAD.htm.