August 7th I wrote a post explaining that Utahn’s are Drinking More, but apparently that doesn’t apply to the teens (ages 12-20) of the state.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 14.25 percent of Utah minors report binge drinking within 30 days of the surveys (conducted between 2002 and 2004). That rate is the lowest in the nation.
The national average is 20.36 percent.
The county with the lowest teen drinking percentage in the state is Utah county, with 13.5% of teens reportedly drinking, and only 11.23% binge drinking (drinking more than 5 alcoholic drinks within a few hours.
The county with the highest teen binging, Salt Lake County, was still far below the national average with 15.74% of teens participating in the activity.
This only reinforces what most Utahn’s already know, which is that this is a great place to raise healthy kids. Or, at least, kids who binge drink less than other kids around the nation.