Binge Drinking

Trends in Extreme Binge Drinking among US High School Seniors

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as the amount of alcohol leading to a blood alcohol level (BAL) of 0.08%,
which, for most adults, would be reached by consuming 5 drinks for men or 4 drinks for women during a 2-hour period.
For younger drinkers, this increases short- and long-term risk of blackouts, homicides, car crashes, sexual assaults, altered brain development, and other deleterious outcomes. Despite general declines in binge drinking, a recent study found that one in five high-school seniors reported binge drinking in the previous two weeks, and one in ten reported “extreme” binge drinking—having 10 or more drinks on one occasion. Researchers conclude that there’s a need for more policy interventions such as youth-specific policies (e.g. better enforcement of underage-drinking laws); and policies directed at the general population, including adequate alcohol taxes, to reduce teenage drinking.
Citation: Hingson RW, White A. Trends in Extreme Binge Drinking Among US High School Seniors. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;():-. doi:10.1001/ jamapediatrics.2013.3083.
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