August 20, 2009

CDC: Liquor drink of choice of Ga. teens

Liquor is the common alcoholic drink consumed by Georgia high school students and most drank it in another person's home, U.S. health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said the study of Georgia high school students found that particularly among binge drinkers, most students drink in another person's home and obtain alcohol from someone else.

The researchers analyzed 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data from 2,465 Georgia in ninth- to twelfth-grade students.

Among the 38 percent of students who were current drinkers -- defined as the teen consumed alcohol in the past 30 days -- 44 percent reported consuming liquor e.g., bourbon, rum, scotch, vodka, or whiskey. Fifty-eight 58 percent reported drinking in another person's home and 62 percent either obtained alcohol from someone who gave it to them or purchased it for them.

Fifty-four percent of the students who reported binge drinking said they drank liquor, the report said.