AirTalk for December 16, 2009

Is teenage binge drinking on the rise?

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Bottles and cans left by festive revellers litter the streets, December 15 2006 in Bath, England.

Overall, teen drinking seems to be down, but binge drinking is another story. On Saturday, a South Pasadena student leader died after attending a party, apparently due to alcohol poisoning. Friends and family will remember the teen, who would have celebrated his 18th birthday Monday, in a memorial walk tonight. How common is binge drinking among older teens? Why is it on the rise? And what cans parents and teens do to monitor risky behavior?

Guests:

Lloyd Johnston, researcher at the University of Michigan and principal investigator of the "Monitoring the Future Study," which looked at teenage substance abuse nationwide

Renee Zito, director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs


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