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Underage Nevadans Drink Less Than Peers Nationwide

(Las Vegas CBS KXNT)  A new report shows Nevada teens consume less alcohol on average than their counterparts in other states.  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health measured the percentage of those 12-20 years old who say they had a drink in the past 30 days.  Slightly more than 24 percent of Nevada teens reported drinking, while the national average was 26.6 percent.

The survey also asked who paid for the alcohol.  Only 9.43 percent of the Nevada respondents paid for their own drink, with 8.75 buying their own alcohol nationally.

The report is issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which calls underage drinking “a serious and persistent problem” in the United States.  The report is distributed to policy makers at all levels of government.

A representative of STOP DUI in Las Vegas views the numbers as a sign that prevention programs targeting students are working.

“That’s very encouraging news,”  Executive Director Sandy Heverly told KXNT.  “I would certainly attribute that to all the effort we put forth in terms of our education programs throughout the community,”  she said.

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