Binge Drinking Rate Declines Among Teens and Young Adults

The rate of binge drinking among U.S. teens and young adults has declined over the past six years, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Among teens and young adults ages 12 to 20, 14 percent report having engaged in binge drinking in the past month. The findings are based on an annual survey of 67,500 people, HealthDay reports.

The states with the highest levels of underage binge drinking – 21 percent — were North Dakota, New Hampshire and Vermont. States with the lowest levels were North Carolina (11.6 percent), Tennessee (11.45 percent) and Utah (10.9 percent).

How to Address Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Believe it or not, the average age for a first drink is 14.

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