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The high cost of underage drinking

February 27, 2012 6:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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Hospitalization for underage drinking costs an estimated $755 million in the United States each year, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org relays the Mayo Clinic’s report, citing

among U.S. teens, about 18 of every 10,000 teenage males and 12 of every 10,000 teenage females were hospitalized after drinking alcohol in the year studied. The average age of those hospitalized was 18, and 61 percent were male. Hospitalizations due to alcohol were highest in the Northeast and Midwest.

Nearly one-fourth of the hospitalizations included an injury stemming from causes including traffic accidents, assaults or fights. An estimated $505 million of the cost of hospitalization involved treatment of injuries.

The full article, including links to the Mayo Clinic’s press release and the to study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, can be found here.