Binge Drinking Prevalent Among Teens
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Binge drinking and extreme binge drinking are common among high school seniors, according to research from the University of Michigan.
In a representative sample of 16,332 high school seniors, researchers found 20.2 percent reported binge drinking, which is defined as five or more drinks in a row, in the last two weeks. A further 10.5 percent reported consuming 10 or more drinks in row, and 5.6 percent reported consuming 15 or more drinks, both of which fall into the category of extreme binge drinking. The study also reported men were more likely to binge drink than women, and white students were more likely than black students. According to the study, rates of binge drinking have declined since the record highs of the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, extreme binge drinking rates have not declined across this period.
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SOURCE: JAMA Pediatrics, September 2013
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