Underage drinking seems to spike July 4 weekend

June 30, 2011

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.

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