Underage drinking, in particular binge drinking, among America's youth continues to vary from state to state according to the latest release from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Nationally, past month consumption and binge drinking are both down slightly from the 2005-06 data (0.6 and 0.4 percent, respectively), however, neither of these underage drinking measures have changed significantly. The 2006-07 data shows 28.1% of 12-20 year olds report they consumed alcohol in the past 30 days and 18.8% reported having 5+ drinks at least once in the month prior to completing the survey.
On the state level, 29 states saw a decrease in reported past month consumption among 12-20 year olds from 2005-06 to 2006-07, with the most significant decreases being reached in Kentucky (-26%), Rhode Island (-23.2%), and Utah (-19.6). Binge drinking rates also decreased over this time period in 29 states with Utah have the largest decrease (-21.7%). Among all states Utah had the lowest rate of past month consumption and binge drinking (17.3% and 13.3%, respectively).
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