Risky Behavior Leads to Emergency Rooms

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When you ask friends what they’re going to do for homecoming or the prom or graduation, spending the night in the local emergency room probably isn’t on their list. Unfortunately, for many young people, alcohol may change their plans.

According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), emergency rooms get 546 underage drinking-related emergency room visits every day—many more on special celebration days. Emergency room visits can cost $1,000 or more—not including the cost of an ambulance or a hospital stay if you have to be admitted to the hospital. If a drinker in the ER is under 18, the hospital has to call their parents or guardians. To make matters worse, minors can also get into legal trouble since underage drinking is against the law.

Not to pile on, BUT people who drink before their 21st birthday are more likely to use drugs, get bad grades, become a victim of a violent or sexual crime, and get addicted to alcohol. In fact, more than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholic.

Better to celebrate special events in a way you’ll be glad to remember the next morning!

Find Help Near You

Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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