Underage Drinking-Related Hospital Emergency Visits Nearly Double Over Fourth of July Weekend

According to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), hospital emergency department visits involving underage drinking nearly double during the Fourth of July Holiday weekend. The study reveals that daily underage drinking-related visits to hospital emergency departments are 87 percent higher during the Fourth of July weekend than they are on an average day in July. The report estimates that on an average day in July, there are 502 hospital emergency department visits involving underage alcohol use. For the three day Fourth of July weekend however, the number of daily hospital emergency department visits jumps to 938.

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