Saturday, August 30, 2008

21st Birthday - Extreme Drinking Binges - 12 drink avg for men

More fuel for the debate on lowering the drinking age to 18. This USA Today news article provides some pretty staggering statistics, "Students mark 21st birthdays with 'extreme' drinking binges." In a nutshell, here are some important takeaways stated in the article . . .

  1. College students today celebrate 21st birthdays with an average of 12 drinks for men and 9 for women
  2. The University of Texas-Austin research found 78% of students cited ill effects, including hangovers (54%). Of 44% who had blackouts, 22% found out later they had sex, and 22% got in a fight or argument. And 39% didn't know how they got home.
  3. Harvard researchers have found more binge drinking at campuses with a strong drinking culture and easy access to alcohol. In Austin, 12 of the 152 students reported 21 or more birthday drinks. At the University of Missouri, a study of 2,518 students published in June found 34% of men and 24% of women had 21 or more.

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