Alaska has the nation’s highest rate of illegal drug use, and binge drinking is particularly prevalent in the upper Midwest, says a study being issued today by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Based on 136,000 interviews, the report provide extraordinary detail about the roles that drugs, alcohol, and tobacco play in Americans’ daily lives, reports USA Today. Health officials will use the information to help shape anti-drug campaigns and rehabilitation programs.
The states with the highest percentage of people who said they had used illicit drugs in the previous month were Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. Binge drinking was a problem across the nation, but particularly in North Dakota, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Utah had the nation’s lowest rates for drug use, alcohol use, and binge drinking. More than 70 percent of the state’s 2.3 million residents belong to the Mormon Church, which opposes drugs or alcohol. Most of the states where residents use alcohol the least were in the South.