KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A new report by the CDC shows a dangerous trend among high school students. One in four high school students admit that they are binge drinkers.
In the United States, binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men, over a couple of hours - numbers that are different because men and women metabolize alcohol differently.
The CDC report showed binge drinking is more prevalent in Missouri than in its neighboring states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Researchers also found men were twice as likely to drink heavily when compared to women – and binge drinking is most common among Caucasians.
The report showed levels of binge drinking have not gone down in more than a decade. Drinking too much is the cause of nearly eighty thousand deaths in the United States every year. Earlier studies have shown the brains of teens who drink heavily showed damaged nerve tissue compared to those who do not.
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