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According to 16,000 students surveyed between 2005-2011, one in five high school seniors reports binge drinking in the last two weeks, and one in ten reports “extreme drinking – consuming 10 or more drinks on one occasion according to the study.

Consumption levels were much higher than questionnaires usually cover. Megan Patrick who led the study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor said “Students were drinking two or three times the typical binge drinking threshold”. She told Reuters Health that “Consuming 10 or 15 drinks at one time is a lot of alcohol for a teenager and understanding the negative consequences that go along with these very high rates is important.”

The surveys were completed by a nationally-representative group of U.S. high school seniors. In all, 20.0 percent of the teenagers said they had at least five drinks on one or more occasions in the past two weeks, 10.5 percent had consumed at least 10 drinks in a row and 5.6 percent at least 15 drinks.

One drink was defined in the questionnaire as “a 12-ounce can or bottle of beer; a 4-ounce glass of wine; a 12-ounce bottle or can of a wine cooler; or a mixed drink, shot glass of liquor, or the equivalent”.

Boys were more likely to report heavy drinking than girls. For example, 15.1 percent of boys reported recently drinking at least 10 drinks in a row, compared to 5.3 percent of girls.

source: Manila Bulletin

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