According to CBS, binge drinking is not all that uncommon for high school-aged teenagers. The study, published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, reveals that one-fifth of high school seniors who took the survey have taken part in binge drinking. The study was conducted using feedback from 16,000 high school seniors.
CBS notes that binge drinking usually occurs when men have five or more drinks in 2-hour and when women have four or more drinks in that same 2-hour timeframe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that men are twice as likely as women to become binge drinkers.
The study's author, Megan Patrick, notes that one-fifth out of a class of 30 makes for some scary statistics. She notes that in each class there are several students who are consuming alcohol at dangerous levels. She says, "That's a big cause for concern."
The study shows that while overall drinking among teens has started to decline, binge drinking levels have remained the same. However, the study further notes that there is a difference between a student who binge drinks and a student who is an extreme binge drinker.
An extreme binge drinker would have 10 drinks in a 2-hour period compared to the 5 of a male binge drinker. The extreme binge drinker is more likely to also smoke pot and ditch school.
The study highlights the need to further study the habits of extreme binge drinkers, as the rate of heavy drinking is holding on strong.