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Study shows trends in high school students' binge drinking habits

South Carolina parents may be interested to learn that studies are showing that high school seniors are engaging in extreme binging, which involves ingesting as many as 10 to 15 drinks during one session. In a study by a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, it was reported that one in five seniors admitted to engaging in binge drinking.

While the percentage of seniors who binge drink has decreased from 22 percent in 2005 to approximately 18 percent in 2011, the behavior still remains a risk for those who then choose to drive after engaging in this behavior. The study also revealed a number of trends. Among these trends, the study indicated that boys were more likely to engage in binge drinking and that this behavior was common among white students over black students.

In addition, students who had parents that had college education were more likely to binge drink. Those students who did not have college-educated parents were more likely to engage in extreme binge drinking. Further, extreme binge drinkers were more likely to use drugs.

The president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving stated that parents are responsible for the influence that they have on their children when it comes to alcohol consumption. In order to combat this risky behavior, the president recommends setting strict rules and consequences for alcohol use.

There are a wide variety of consequences that an adolescent or underage driver might face should they decide to drink. However, these consequences become much more severe should they choose to drive while they are under the influence. With the help of an experienced South Carolina attorney, consequences for an underage drinking conviction may be able to be reduced by having the client enter into alcohol education programs or rehabilitation if necessary.

Source: USA Today, "1 in 10 high school seniors are extreme binge drinking", Nanci Hellmich, September 16, 2013

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