Graphic: Teenage Binge Drinkers’ Favorite Alcohol Brands
Teens love their hard liquor, but their most chugged booze brand is still a beer. Can you guess which?
Teenage drinkers are more likely to binge drink on spirits than beers, indicates a study just published by the Journal of Substance Use: 43.8% of teenagers prefer spirits, usually vodka, when partying, and only 31.4% stick to beer.
Worryingly, binge drinking—defined as having four or more drinks in an hour for females and five or more drinks in an hour for males—is the most common type of drinking among 13-to-20-year-olds of both genders.
“Binge drinking accounts for most of the alcohol consumed by youth in the US, and is associated with a host of negative consequences, including drunk driving, sexual assaults and suicide,” says lead study author Dr. Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, an associate professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. “Identifying the types of alcohol and specific brands youth are choosing when they binge drink is important for the development of public health interventions designed to curtail this dangerous public health problem.”
Approximately 4,300 young people, under the age of 21, die annually as a result of alcohol use, according to the study, which underlines just how easy it is for underage drinkers to obtain alcohol.
The following charts break down the most common types of alcohol consumed by teenage drinkers, as well as the most common brands—with one light beer clearly the “king” of the crop.
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