Bienville Community Coalition

Teens + Binge Drinking

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly 38 million or one out of every six Americans have participated in binge drinking. In the Jan. 10 issue of the CDC journal Vital Signs researchers surveyed 458,000 Americans who were 18 and older, asking them how much they had to drink in the past 30 days. The age group with most binge drinkers is 18-34 years.

– CBS, January 12, 2012,

In a previous study by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), researchers reported that 29.8% of those 12 and older reported binge drinking in the past month.

– National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008-2009

Bienville Parish Teens and Binge Drinking

According to the 2014 Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey in Bienville Parish:

  • 11% of Bienville Parish 6th through 12th grade students reported binge drinking (having 5 or more alcoholic drinks in a row) in the past two weeks.
  • 11.9% of students in Grade 8 as compared to 18.6% in Grade 12 binge drank, supporting research that shows that binge drinking in the past two weeks for adolescents typically increases with age
  • “Everybody” isn’t binge drinking, and it’s important to get the word out!

Binge Drinking is Dangerous

Drinking large amounts of alcohol (four of five drinks) in a short period of time is known as binge drinking. In Weld County, many teens are daring each other to drink a lot at one time. They’re also playing drinking games. This is extremely dangerous, because it can result in alcohol poisoning.

  • The first symptom of alcohol poisoning is usually violent vomiting
  • When teens over drink, it can result in a sleepy feeling, or even unconsciousness
  • Binge drinkers can experience difficulty in breathing or even have a seizure
  • Alcohol poisoning can create dangerously low blood sugar levels
  • In extreme situations, alcohol poisoning can cause death

It’s important for parents to have a conversation with their children about drinking games, binge drinking and the dangers of alcohol poisoning.