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Binge Drinking Up Among Teens
A university in Michigan took a survey of high school students to see just how much underage drinking is going on. It's a hot topic, and one that is typically downplayed by teens and parents who say everyone does it.
"I feel like most high schoolers do drink a lot... yeah," said high school sophomore Jessica Depoy.
"The parties where there's shots, there's everything you can imagine just being thrown down," said senior Mason Kaylor.
"They usually get like wasted," said Depoy.
A new report based on responses from more than 16,000 U.S. high school seniors shows nearly one in 10 of them have engaged in extreme binge drinking.
"I mean, what can I say, it's high scool," said Kaylor. "A lot of people drink. Sometimes it's low-key; a lot of times, there's also a bunch of parties going around."
Extreme binge drinking can be described as consuming 10 or even 15 drinks in a row.
"Usually when you hear about high school students drinking, it's not just a little bit, it's going all the way, or just keeping doing it and doing it and doing it," said sophomore Olivia Oettel.
According to this study, this level of binge drinking has been going on for six years, and doctors in Springfield say they're seeing it right here at home.
"Yeah, we see this on a regular basis," said Dr. Linda Nordeman of St. John's Hospital Emergency Department. "Sometimes we see kids that are just brought into the emergency room because they are so intoxicated that they are unconcious."
Doctors also say this is an issue most prevalent in teens because of their naivety.
"Young drinkers don't really know the effects of alcohol. They drink a lot before they even recognize how intoxicated they are," said Dr. Nordeman.
High schoolers don't always know these actions can effect more than just themselves.
We also spoke to a couple parents with kids in high school who say they are aware of the problems that binge drinking presents, and that the best way they're found to combat it, is to talk to their kids and know where they are and what they're doing.