Underage Alcohol Abuse Is Costly

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Thanks to research by the Mayo Clinic,we know that the costs of hospitalizing US underage drinkers equals about $755 million per year. This reinforces the fact that underage alcohol abuse is still a major problem across the country. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, and it focused on youths being admitted to the hospitals that arrived drunk. If you have a child with a drinking problem, Legacy Freedom can help. We have the perfect outpatient center for alcohol and drug treatment in Raleigh NC, Charlotte NC and Columbus OH. Call us today to learn more.

The researchers found many startling results and confirmed that both geographic and demographic differences played a role. For instance, there were around 40,000 youths between the ages of 15 to 20 years old admitted to the hospital in 2008. Seventy-nine percent of them were drunk when they arrived at the hospital. Parts of their diagnoses revealed alcohol abuse, addiction and drinking-related emotional problems. Overall, 700,000 teens, of all ages, were admitted to the hospital in 2008 and about 18 out of every 10,000 teen males and 12 out of every 10,000 teen females were hospitalized after consuming alcohol.

Dr. Terry Schneekloth, M.D.,is a Mayo Clinic addiction expert and psychiatrist. He said that “When teenagers drink, they tend to drink excessively, leading to many destructive consequences including motor vehicle accidents, injuries, homicides and suicides.” Unfortunately, underage drinking has been a problem in the U.S for many years. Recent studies show that about 36 percent of high-school students report having consumed alcohol at least once already in their lifetimes. Dr. Terry Schneekloth said that “Alcohol use necessitating acute-care hospitalization represents one of the most serious consequences of underage drinking,” and that “Harmful alcohol use in adolescence is a harbinger of alcohol abuse in adulthood.”

Out of the alcohol-related discharges, the average age was 18, 61 percent of the totals were males, and 25 percent included an injury ranging from traffic accidents to assaults and altercations, to general accidents. For both teen males and females, the numbers reported in the Northeast and Midwest were higher than anywhere else in the country. The lowest numbers came from the South. The West showed intermediate numbers. Overall, older age and males in general were more associated with alcohol-use disorder hospitalizations than females. Native and other/mixed-race Americans had the highest rates, but a lower number of hospitalizations, making estimates imprecise. Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders teens had the lowest rates and African Americans had lower hospitalization rates than Caucasians.

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