Underage drinking seems to spike July 4 weekend


June 30, 2011 2:17:43 PM PDT
The July 4th weekend is of the most dangerous for underage boys who drink, according to a report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

It found the number of U.S. teen boys who end up in emergency rooms for drinking related injuries doubles over the July 4th weekend.

On July 3 and 4, drinking sends a daily average of nearly 1,000 youth under 21 to the ER for problems related to alcohol use.

Two-thirds of them are male. The same problem is seen on other holiday weekends especially New Year's.

Experts say holidays are trigger points and this is a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about their drinking behavior.