Mayo Clinic tallies hospital cost of underage drinking ...
- Blog Post by: Jeremy Olson
- February 17, 2012 - 10:08 AM
Society pays about $755 million per year to hospitalize U.S. children and teens who suffer illnesses or injuries due to illegal alcohol consumption, Mayo Clinic researchers reported earlier this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The rate of alcohol-related hospitalizations among 15- to 20-year-olds was highest in the Midwest, and highest among Native American boys in that region. The study reviewed 699,506 hospital discharges among 15- to 20-year-olds (excluding child birth cases). Shockingly, researchers found that 79 percent of these teens were drunk on arrival to the hospital, and 5.6 percent (39,619) met criteria for an alcohol use disorder, according to a Mayo press release on the study.
“When teenagers drink, they tend to drink excessively, leading to many destructive consequences including motor vehicle accidents, injuries, homicides and suicides,” said Dr. Terry Scheenkloth, a Mayo addiction expert and psychiatrist.
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