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High School Binge Drinking a Growing Problem
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on September 18, 2013 @ 11:07PM
Created on September 18, 2013 @ 6:40PM

Excessive drinking at any age can be dangerous, but a new study shows that some high school seniors might be pushing their limits.

According to a report done by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research the average number of high school students who binge drink has decreased, but one in ten high school seniors are classified as extreme binge drinkers.

Extreme binge drinking is classified as consuming anywhere from 10 to 15 drinks in a single outing. Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and a wide variety of other injuries related to impairment.

The study also showed that boys were more likely to drink excessively and students from rural areas are more likely to engage in this type of behavior.

Karen Hedges is a guidance counselor at Morgantown High School. She said high school binge drinking is an issue that's been around for years and it's something that may never go away.

"There are always isolated cases of kids doing binge drinking and that's not new. It's been around for a very long time. In our specific area kids have ready availability to alcohol," said Hedges.

Some students at WVU who just recently graduated high school said they've seen plenty of cases of extreme binge drinking and it could potentially become a big problem.

"I probably saw it every weekend. I think it's important because we need to probably figure out a way to curb it because it's obviously not a healthy or productive thing," said WVU freshman Ashley Woolpert.

WVU freshman Brayden Nichols said, "Becoming a senior they here college involves a lot more drinking so they think they need to get ready for that and it's an issue for them. They want to be cool around their friends so they try to get into that type of thing."

The study also showed that parents are the number one influence on their teens regarding the decisions they make about alcohol.


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