When it Comes to Binge Drinking, Kids Follow Parents’ Lead

The statistics on teenage binge drinking are pretty scary: A recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse says that 8% of kids 12-17 and 30% of kids 18-20 have binged within the past 30 days (that means 5 or more drinks in two hours for men, 4 for women). And here’s something even scarier: Only 1% of parents of teens (yep, just 1 in 100) thinks their teen has binged.

What accounts for that incredibly high-level of parental ignorance (or denial or obliviousness)?
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Wanna get drunk? Please pass the Purell.

As a kid, I remember sneaking occasional sips from my parents’ bottles of Crème De Menthe and Bailey’s Irish Crème. I’m sure that goes a long way towards explain why I’m a beer drinker.

But for today’s kids, there’s no need to break into mom and dad’s liquor cabinet—or pay some 21-year old (or an irresponsible adult) to buy booze for them. And there’s certainly no need to chug cough syrup. Why bother? If you want to get drunk, all you have to do is pick up a bottle of hand sanitizer, which has alcohol as its active ingredient–and is about the cheapest high available.
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