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State Estimates of Underage Alcohol Use and Self-Purchase of Alcohol: 2008 to 2010

November 29, 2012

State Estimates of Underage Alcohol Use and Self-Purchase of Alcohol: 2008 to 2010

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Combined 2008 to 2010 data indicate that 26.6 percent of persons aged 12 to 20 drank alcohol in the past month
  • Rates of underage past month alcohol use were among the lowest in Utah (14.3 percent) and among the highest in Vermont (37.0 percent)
  • Approximately 8.7 percent of past month drinkers aged 12 to 20 purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank
  • The rates of past month drinkers aged 12 to 20 buying their own alcohol were among the lowest in New Mexico (2.5 percent), Idaho (2.6 percent), and Oregon (2.6 percent), and among the highest in New York (15.0 percent)
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