Holy crap. Nearly half of teens don’t see 5+ drinks a day as a big deal

on 07/04/11 at 10:27 am

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Downing five or more alcoholic drinks nearly every day isn’t seen as a big problem for many of the nation’s teens, says a new report.

When asked if they see “great risk” in drinking that much, almost half the teens questioned — 45 percent — didn’t see it as a big deal.

The study released Wednesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org also showed upward trends in marijuana and Ecstasy use among young people in grades 9 through 12.

“You’re seeing this weakness in this generation of teens’ attitudes around drug and alcohol use,” says Steve Pasierb, president of the partnership. “It’s not like this generation of kids thinks they’re more bulletproof than others, but they really don’t see any harm in that heavy drinking.”

And while the numbers suggest many teens do not perceive significant harm in heavy drinking, the percentage of teens drinking is down.

{Full story via Washington Post}

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