Binge drinking common among US teens: Study
WASHINGTON (AFP) - One in ten US teenagers reports engaging in "extreme binge drinking" - downing 10 or more drinks in a night - new research out on Monday highlighting the public health risks of alcohol found.
The survey of 16,332 high school seniors found that binge drinking, defined as consuming five or more drinks in a row for boys and four or more for girls, was common, with one in five students admitting to at least one episode within the past two weeks.
Drinking at this level makes driving dangerous and poses a long-term risk of addiction, deterioration of the still-developing brain of the liver, the researchers emphasized.
The results - from the sample of whom 52.3 percent were girls, 64.5 percent white, 11 percent black, 13.1 percent Hispanic and 11.5 percent of other race/ethnicity - found young men were more likely than young women to engage in binge drinking.