Those who binge drink are more likely to make dangerous, and rash decisions—such as fighting or driving under the influence. They are also more likely to experience alcohol poisoning or engage in the use of illicit drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine. Because of the dangers associated with binge drinking, high schools and colleges make a concerted effort to prevent the practice. Which is no easy task, but one worth the effort. However, some states may need to step up their preventive measures.
A new report conducted by ProjectKnow, a website that aims to connect people to alcohol and drug addiction treatment services, found that teenage binge drinking is more common in certain states, The Washington Post reports. States with the highest percentage of teen students who reported binge drinking in the past month, include:
- West Virginia
- New Jersey
- Washington, D.C.
- New Mexico