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Why do you think so many teens engage in binge drinking?

Binge drinking, or consuming many drinks fairly quickly, has been a hallmark of college life. But students in high school and even middle school are also engaging in it, according to emergency room nurse Sheila DeRiso, local police officials and experts. In one 2005 study of 5,300 middle school students, about 8 percent of seventh-graders and 17 percent of eighth-graders said they had tried binge drinking during that year. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  December 6, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This poll doesn't include the actual reason teens binge drink. It's the same reason adults do: It's fun to lose control with friends you trust.

Posted by: panow08 | December 6, 2010 5:10 PM

Teenagers have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years. Yearly alcohol sales in the US top $100 billion. Why must people feign outrage and confusion over the reasons behind behavior in teenagers that is common in adults? The reasons that teens drink, have sex, fight, and so on are the same reasons adults do such things. Stop pretending that acting on human nature is some terrible new trend.

Posted by: wfmills007 | December 6, 2010 6:59 PM

I remember seeing my son (at the time a College Freshman) guzzle down alcohol like it was water and I asked him why...he replied that he didn't like the taste of alcohol but he wanted a quick buzz. He also said that he liked who he was when he was under the influence...he was funny and outgoing, and that his friends liked that part of him, as well.

Posted by: cile92 | December 6, 2010 7:56 PM

It feels good. Why is this not even an option??!! While the long term (and even short-term consequences are real, we are so reluctant to confront the fact there is a short term burst of pleasure involved--food, coffee, sex, etc help us shield out the misery of life.

Posted by: Canton55 | December 6, 2010 8:59 PM

The correct answer is "IT'S FUN" and that is not part of the poll because for some reason, all choices must be negative. Is it really so hard to understand that it's fun to have a few drinks with your friends, relax, undwind, laugh about ridiculous stuff?

Posted by: lalalu1 | December 6, 2010 9:09 PM

I think most teens binge drink because they have limited time to drink and not be caught.

Not all kids are outgoing and alcohol likely allows the kids to cut loose and be a little bit different person then they are typically.

Posted by: _administrator | December 6, 2010 9:28 PM

because its fun. its quite simple.

Posted by: wp_hobo | December 7, 2010 1:45 AM

I question those of you offering "it's fun" as a reason. We're talking about binge drinking here, not just alcohol consumption. It is fun to guzzle vast quantities of low-grade swill and puke your guts out all over yourself and your friends, risking alcohol poisoning and hospitalization? Does not sound like a fun time to me.

Posted by: mdtay11 | December 7, 2010 11:27 AM

Because getting buzzed is fun! Duh!

Posted by: binkynh | December 9, 2010 6:02 PM

Kids drink because they were brought up without any values, ethics or scruples and they see their parents do it.
Kids today are so stupid, they can't even spell or read when they are graduated from high school.

Posted by: JimW2 | December 10, 2010 11:32 AM

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