Extreme Binge Drinking A Concern Among High School Seniors

The University of Michigan conducts the Monitoring the Future study usually every other year, which is a look at substance abuse and other issues surrounding 8th, 10th and 12-grade students around the country.

Findings from the latest study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics online regarding extreme binge drinking among high school seniors. According to a University press release, ten percent of seniors reported consuming 10 or more alcoholic beverages in a single episode at least once during the previous two weeks.

Additionally, five percent admitted to consuming 15 or more drinks within that same time period. This level of consumption is dangerous for any age, especially teenagers.

Study authors reported varied results in different areas including gender, ethnicity and geographic location. The highest rates of extreme binge drinking were among white males and those who were located in the Midwest.

While some people feel that type of behavior is eventually outgrown, it doesn’t negate the fact that it can be extremely harmful with all of the associated factors of heavy alcohol consumption. Repeated heavy drinking episodes also increase the changes of developing a severe alcohol use disorder that requires treatment. Many alcoholics can trace their drinking patterns back to high school.

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