THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teen drinkers who
also use drugs run a greater risk for serious health problems and
death, a new U.S. government study shows.
Researchers analyzed data on underage drinkers (aged 12 to 20)
treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2011, and found that 20
percent of all hospital emergency department visits involving
underage drinkers result in serious health outcomes.
Yet, while 12 percent of those visits involving drinking alone
led to serious outcomes, the rate of serious outcomes among
underage drinkers who also used drugs jumped to 33 percent, the
U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) researchers found.
Those serious outcomes included hospitalization, transfer to
another health center after their emergency department visit, or
"The 9.3 million underage drinkers across America are putting
their health and futures at risk -- even more so when they combine
alcohol with drugs," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in a
government news release.
"The start of summer is a good opportunity for parents and other
concerned adults to talk with teens and young adults about the
dangers of underage drinking and drug use," she added.
SAMHSA has an underage drinking prevention program called "Talk,
They Hear You." It's meant to help parents and other caregivers
talk to children about the risks of underage drinking.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about