Teenage Drunks Now 5th-Leading Cause of ER Visits
Many need their stomach pumped
Teenage drunks are now the 5th-leading cause of emergency room visits, whose cases have skyrocketed from 7,958 in 2007 to 15,620 in 2011, according to NY Daily News.
Binge drinking is to blame, becoming such a crisis that the Health Department launched a $200,000 ad campaign in 2011 warning of the perils of alcohol abuse.
Factors contributing to this new find include:
A rise in popularity of flavored drinks, which has attracted underage girls, and the fact that: "Alcohol gets cheaper and cheaper every year — the federal tax on it was last raised in 1991,” said David Jernigan, director of the school’s Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth.
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Nationally, there has been a shift from beer to harder liquor, federal stats show.
The majority patients come to the ER with cuts or broken bones suffered from stumbling. Others need their stomachs pumped.