Megan Patrick

Megan PatrickThe good news is that teen binge drinking declined significantly between 2005 and 2011. The bad news is that extreme binge drinking—quaffing ten or more drinks in a sitting—is at an alarmingly high level and is not on a similar downward trend. According to a recent study featured in a Sept. 16 article in the Los Angeles Times, 1 in 5 high school seniors drinks, and a quarter had 15 or more. The national survey of more than 16,000 high school seniors, led by ISR researcher Megan Patrick, showed that boys were more likely than girls to binge drink, whites binged more than blacks, and those who reported going out more often at night with heavy drinking friends were also more likely to overdo it. It was the first such study to look at high schoolers. “The rates are alarming when you think of a class of 30 students, that several kids in the class will be drinking at very dangerous levels,” Patrick said. “That’s a big cause for concern.”reported binge drinking in the past two weeks. Half of those had consumed at least 10