Study shows extreme binge drinking on rise

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MINNEAPOLIS - A disturbing trend called extreme binge drinking has the attention of a Twin Cities treatment center.

Extreme binge drinking is when someone consumes at least 10 drinks in a two-hour period. A new report says the dangerous practice is on the rise.

"I've definitely seen that," said Catlin Ryan.

He is fighting addiction with the help of those at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Minneapolis.

"It was the common thing. I wasn't out of the norm," said Callen Blake, who is also receiving treatment for addiction.

They are two guys with two similar stories. Both began with binge drinking in high school and then transitioned to much harder drugs.

"The binge drinking is really glorified," said Ryan. "The more you can drink, the more of a man you are, the crazier of a partier you are."

Both Callen and Catlin aren't surprised by a new study from the University of Michigan that surveyed more than 16,000 high school seniors.

The study shows 10 percent of high school seniors say they've participated in extreme binge drinking.

The research also shows that 5 percent of high school seniors have consumed 15 or more drinks in a 2 hour period.

"It was more of the mentality of partying, who could get the most messed up," said Blake.

While the study does show that overall high school drinking is down, the extreme trend has many worried.

"It's extremely dangerous and extremely unpredictable," said Adam Pederson, a prevention specialist at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. "It's different for everybody."

Pederson says there are short-term and long-term consequences.

"With alcohol, you don't think you're going to get cirrhosis of the liver for 30 or 40 years, but when you're binge drinking you accelerate everything."

Pederson warns teens to not be swept up by perceived pressure.

"In reality, over 50 percent of kids in high school never drink, but people think everyone is doing it because people who drink talk about it."

Experts suggest one conversation between parents and teens isn't enough. They suggest that it should be an ongoing conversation.

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