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Binge drinking common for teens who drink and drive, CDC says

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:00 pm    

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenagers who are prone to drinking and driving are also more likely to binge drink.

Teens across the country were surveyed in regards to their tendencies to drink alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle. Out of the teenagers who claimed they had gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol, 85 percent of them also admitted to binge drinking. This type of drinking refers to consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in a short amount of time on one occasion.

Other statistics that were learned through the study results included the fact that in 2011, one million teenagers drank alcohol and then drove a vehicle in the United States. Car accidents are still viewed as the number one cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16-19.