- 90% of the alcohol consumed by teens is consumed in the form of binge drinking.
- 28% of teens say they have been to a party where parents were present and teens were drinking.
- 3 out of 4 high school seniors have consumed alcohol.
- 72.5% of students nationwide have had at least 1 drink of alcohol in their lives
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Binge drinking is defined as having 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a few hours. Nearly 2 out of 3 high school students who drink alcohol say that they binge, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Binge drinking is dangerous because it puts teens at risk for a variety of health problems, both now and in the future, and impairs their ability to make safe choices. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, more than 5 million high school students binge drink at least once a month.
What Are the Risks Associated with Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking puts teens at risk for making unhealthy choices about driving, sex, drug use, problem solving and more. It also puts teens at a high risk for alcohol poisoning. Long-term risks of binge drinking include liver damage, mental health problems, alcohol dependency, and death.
Consequences of Binge Drinking:
- Each year, more than 5000 deaths of teens are linked to drinking.
- In 2003, 31% of teen drivers who died in car accidents had been drinking.
- The three leading causes of death for teens are car accidents, homicides, and suicides, and alcohol is a leading factor in all three.
- An early onset age of drinking is associated with alcohol-related violence.
- Statistics show that 35% of adults with alcohol dependency developed symptoms by age 19.