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Binge drinking is defined as consuming 5 or more drinks at a time for boys and 4 or more drinks for girls. A teen is considered a binge drinker if he does so 3 times in two weeks. Most college binge drinkers are under 21 and do so because of peer pressure, academic stress or to enhance their social status.

The following are some really unpleasant statistics concerning teen binge drinking:

General Stats:

  • 51% of college males and 40% of college females binge drink.
  • 70% of college students who binge drink, do so more than once a week.
  • 50% of college binge drinkers have had 5 or more alcohol related problems on campus.
  • 33% of students fall behind in their studies due to drinking.

Socioeconomic Stats:

  • 1700 college students die each year as a direct result of binge drinking.
  • Alcohol related incidents are the third leading cause of death in older teens.
  • There are 500,000 injuries related to binge drinking.
  • There are 600,000 assaults related to binge drinking.
  • 400,000 cases of unprotected sex due to binge drinking.
  • 2.1 million college students drive drunk.
  • College students spend 5.5 billion dollars a year on alcohol for an average of $500/ a year per student


If you have a teen in high school or college, you need to worry that
your teen may be getting into drugs or alcohol. Find out what to do.

Go to:

Substance Abuse in Teens

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    Anthony Kane, MD
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          One Response to “Teen Binge Drinking”

          1. Ursula Granger Says:

            Thank you for your incredible Website. I am always impressed by your wisdom and advice, Anthony. I will always have concerns about Binge drinking as I myself was a binge drinker as a teenager and young adult.
            I don’t think there is much we can do about the exposure our children will have to drugs and alcohol in their youth however, I do believe that we CAN DO A LOT to make sure they don’t become a statistic. Talk, talk, talk and more talk.
            I have already started talking to my 9 year old daughter about everything, including, drugs, alcohol, sex and her future. Some people feel that I am telling her TOO MUCH for her age and I strongly disagree. I think that communication is our best defence against these things. I tell her the horrible consequences that I myself have experienced and witnessed due to drugs and alcohol and I strongly believe this will make a huge difference in whether or not she starts drinking or using drugs. To all those people who think she is TOO YOUNG? Snap out of it, kids are growing up faster than we ever did and we need to make sure the lines of communication are always open. Listen to your children, be open to their questions, tell them your experiences and they will be more likely to trust you enough to tell you things that other parents will never know.


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