Oh no! Such a sad side effect of a day meant to celebrate our nation's independence!
According to the the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), intoxicated underage boys are TWICE as likely to visit an emergency room over the 4th of July weekend than any other time of the year.
To come to this conclusion, researchers looked at underage drinking-related ER visits between July 3 and 5 in 2009 and saw that two-thirds of the visits were from boys.
Girls on the other hand know how to behave during a time of celebration. There was no spike seen for drunk underage females making a 4th of July holiday appearance at the ER.
New Year's Eve has the MOST underage kids (both boys and girls) stopping into the hospital to get their stomach pumped. As of 2009, about 2000 kids (who shouldn't be partying at all) partied too hard and made a trip to the emergency room to kick off the new year.
The annual number of underage drinkers ending up in emergency rooms across the country has not changed since 2004 with 200,000, so maybe it's time to step up our country's alcohol awareness education for the youngsters!
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