Underage Drinking Focus of March: Alcohol Awareness Month
Drinking continues to be widespread among adolescents, as shown by nationwide surveys as well as studies in smaller populations. According to an annual survey of U.S. youth, 75% of 12th graders, over 66% of 10th graders, and 2 out of 5- 8th graders have consumed alcohol. The survey is titled Monitoring the Future (MTF).
Binge drinking: when youth drink they tend to drink intensively, consuming 4 to 5 drinks at a time. MTF data show that 11 percent of 8th graders, 22 percent of 10th graders, and 29 percent of 12th graders had engaged in heavy episodic, or binge, drinking within the past two weeks. They associate drinking as a necessity in having fun.
The NIAAA defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration [BAC] to 0.08 grams percent or above. For the typical adult, this pattern corresponds to consuming five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in about 2 hours.
Of 43,000 U.S. adults, a recent survey showed that early alcohol use, independent of other risk factors, may contribute to the risk of developing future alcohol problems.
(Data from NIAAA’s 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).
Those who began drinking in their early teens were at greater risk of developing alcohol dependence at some point in their lives, and they were also at greater risk of developing dependence more quickly and at younger ages. (Findings were reported in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Volume 160, pages 739-746).
Drug Free Moore County Town Hall Meeting: “We are All in this Together”
Monday March 29, 2010
5:30-7 at FirstHealth Conference Center , Monroe Auditorium
Town Hall meeting on underage drinking with a short panel and interaction
All ages welcomed. Light refreshments. For information call 910-401-