Utah County Reports Increase In Alcohol Abuse

Many individuals turn to illicit drugs for recreational purposes, but alcohol is still one of the most commonly abused substances in regions of the country. A new informational graphic presented by the Prevention Advisory Committee in Weber County, Utah, showed that alcohol remains drug of choice in the local community.

The information was collected through a survey taken by children in grades six, eight 10 and 12, according to the Standard-Examiner. Researchers found that there was a decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed by kids within a 30-day span, but Weber County students still drank more than the state average.

In nearly every grade, alcohol was the most commonly abused substance. Tobacco was the second-most used drug, while marijuana came in third.

Weber State University provided researchers with data to gauge college student drug use as well. Approximately 38 percent of individuals had consumed alcohol within a 30-day period, while 20 percent had smoked cigarettes.

Nearly 52 percent of Americans age 18 or older were regular drinkers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help addicts, but preventative measures for kids may be able to reduce the number of alcoholics.