Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol & Drugs

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Alcohol & Drug Use in Vermont

Learn how alcohol and other drugs affect the health and wellness of Vermonters, and find links to national experts in alcohol and drug science and policy.

In This Section

Vermonters have higher drinking rates than the country overall. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at 21. What are unhealthy drinking habits?

Vermonters have higher cannabis use rates than the country overall. Early and continuous use of cannabis can affect brain development. Learn more about cannabis use in Vermont.

Vermonters aged 18-25 have among the highest heroin use rates in the country. Most people who use heroin have misused prescription pain relievers.

Prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. It only takes a little to lose a lot.

Stimulants like cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription stimulants can be addictive and dangerous.

National data shows that Vermont has one of the highest percentages of illegal drug use in the country.