March 25, 2019

The Sunday edition of the Boston Herald featured an interview with Dr. Mark Calarco, AAC’s national medical director for clinical diagnostics, in which he spoke about a newly-released study on underage drinking.

According to the study, Massachusetts has the highest rate of underage drinking with 29% of Massachusetts minors age 12-20 consuming alcohol. North Dakota landed at number two on the list with an underage drinking rate of 25.3% and Vermont took the number three spot with 25.2%.

“When the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed, the person is more prone to engage in risky behavior without thinking about the consequences,” said Dr. Calarco.  He also added that minors have a lower alcohol tolerance and become intoxicated quickly.

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