Updated: August 2022
Author: Division of Substance Use Programs, Vermont Department of Health
Young adults aged 18-24 engaged are more likely to have an episode of binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks in one occasion for men and four or more for woman, than any other age group. Alcohol use among Vermont adults (18+) is statistically higher than the US (NSDUH).
The Vermont Department of Health supports college age youth through community-based, environmental and individual prevention programs aimed at reduction of binge drinking, marijuana and substance use, early intervention and prevention through our work with the colleges across the state through the College Symposium. Participation from colleges across the state around common concerns and challenges many colleges are experiencing. Every other month, we are meeting with colleges across the state to talk about their substance use interventions and assessments to coordinate a better system of care and institute best practices for assessing substance use. In addition to our work with colleges, VDH also supports environmental and individual prevention strategies and programs through our Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) statewide grants, the Division of Substance Use Programs Prevention Consultant program, and statewide media campaigns.