National data shows that more Vermonters (ages 12 and up) are drinking alcohol compared to the country overall. The number of Vermonters binge drinking is also higher in our state than in the country overall.
There is also a difference between legal age use and underage alcohol use. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at 21.
It is important to look at the reasons Vermonters are drinking more frequently and drinking more alcohol per sitting than other Americans. The Health Department is monitoring how our efforts are making a positive difference with young people drinking underage, and to encourage responsible drinking among legal age Vermonters.
See Data and Reports for more information on alcohol use, abuse, and dependence in Vermont.
See How We Are Doing to learn more about goals and outcomes being tracked in Vermont.