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Extreme bingers

Researchers think a hard core of hard drinkers is propping up rates of emergency room visits by teenagers because of alcohol use. At the University of Michigan, Megan Patrick looked into why E-R visits have been steady while overall teen use of alcohol has been falling. She found answers in national survey data on more than 16,000 high school seniors:

"About 1 out of 10 high school seniors has had 10 or more drinks in a row, and about 1 out of 20 has had 15 or more drinks in a row, in the past two weeks.’’

She says such teens are most likely to need medical help for wrecks and alcohol poisoning, and later for alcohol dependence and liver damage.

The study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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