September 17, 2013

High-schoolers binging beyond buzz

High-schoolers report drinking 15 or more alcoholic beverages in a row, a level of consumption that can lead to poisoning and death, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch.

In a new study, about 11 percent of youngsters surveyed said they had consumed 10 or more consecutive drinks in the past two weeks, while 5.6 percent imbibed at least 15 at a time.

The research was published in JAMA Pediatrics and is the first study to look at how many teens engage in extreme binge drinking, consuming 10 to 15 or more drinks at a time, said Megan Patrick, lead author.

About 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year from alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, poisonings and injuries such as falls and drownings, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says.

“We hope this study will bring awareness to this issue of high-risk alcohol drinking among adolescents,” Patrick, a University of Michigan research assistant professor, , said in a phone interview to the Dispatch.

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