Underage drinking is the most common form of substance abuse among today's teens and it raises many serious risks to both health and safety. The transition into puberty is well known as a time of risk taking as adolescents push their boundaries and clamor for acceptance from their peers, and alcohol is easily obtained and can be quickly consumed. In fact, about 90 percent of teen drinking is considered binge drinking due to the speed and quantity of consumption. This isn't an uncommon occurrence; it's a trend that has reached epidemic proportions.
Binge drinking, commonly defined as consuming five or more standard drinks per occasion for men and four or more drinks for women, typically begins in adolescence. Adolescents, although they may drink less often, tend to consume higher quantities of alcohol per occasion compared with adults. This developmental difference in pattern of alcohol consumption may result, in part, from maturational changes that involve an adolescent-specific sensitivity to certain alcohol effects and greater propensity for risk-taking behaviors, such as binge drinking. Adolescent binge drinking is associated with a range of acute alcohol-related harms, some of which may persist into adulthood. The prevalence of binge drinking, including high-intensity drinking i. Overall, however, the proportion of youth who engage in binge drinking remains high.
Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at higher risk in adulthood for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, Loyola University Health System researchers report. A new Loyola study has found that exposing adolescent rats to binge amounts of alcohol permanently altered the system that produces hormones in response to stress. While results from animal studies don't directly translate to people, the findings do suggest a mechanism by which teenage binge drinking could cause mental health problems in adulthood, Pak said. Binge drinking is defined as a woman having at least four drinks or a man having at least five drinks on one occasion.
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 consume the most alcohol on average when they binge drink about 9 drinks in a two-hour period , but high school kids are also very likely to binge when they drink. While binge-drinking seems to be declining among teens, extreme binge-drinking 15 or more drinks in a row is not. Is this harmless fun? Or deadly? He died after answering questions for two hours from upper class fraternity brothers in exchange for vodka.