About 2 percent of kids 14 to 16 years old report high-intensity drinking—drinking 10 or more drinks in a row—in the last two weeks, according to a University of Michigan study.
The study is the first to report the prevalence of this type of drinking among young adolescents.
The study examined high-intensity drinking among 14- and 16-year-olds in the United States. About 1.2 percent of eighth graders reported high-intensity drinking while 3.1 percent of 10th-graders reported the same level of drinking, U-M researcher Megan Patrick and colleagues report in a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
If extrapolated across the U.S. population, that would mean about 40,000 8th-grade students and 113,000 10th-grade students use alcohol in this way, Patrick said.
“High-intensity drinking is obviously concerning because this type of consumption raises adults’ blood alcohol concentrations to at least four times the…