VT Tops In Youth Alcohol Use

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A new federal report says Vermont leads the nation in the rate of young people who drink alcohol and is second in the country for youthful marijuana use.

The same statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that New Hampshire ranked second in youthful alcohol abuse and eighth in marijuana use.

The survey found that more than a third of people between the ages of 12 and 20 in Vermont and New Hampshire consumed alcohol in the past month. About a quarter of them had at least five drinks on the same occasion, meeting the definition of binging.

The Valley News says the lowest rate was in Utah, where only 14 percent of young people drank in the past month.

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