New SAMHSA Study: Underage Drinking, Hospitalizations Soar on July 4th Weekend

In late May, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services administration released new data showing an increase in underage drinking and alcohol-related hospitalizations over the Memorial Day weekend. Now, they’ve published a study showing similar increases over the July 4th 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.”

Check out the full press release from SAMHSA to read comments from administrator Pamela Hyde and leave your feedback in the comments.

2 Responses to “New SAMHSA Study: Underage Drinking, Hospitalizations Soar on July 4th Weekend”

  1. Anthony Rhodes Says:

    Hey everyone! I’ve been doing some research on MADD and I found this:http://www.alcoholfacts.org/index.html

    The groups listed on this site are pro-21. The group I’m most interested in is MADD of course.

    Try this as well: getMADD.com. I looked through their past commentaries section. It seems that they would be on our side. Tell me what you think.

  2. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important componenets. Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. is an ageist for saying that the consumption of alcohol by those 18-20 is always dangerous and it’s that argument that lead to the most ageist law passed, which passed in 1984 like the book. If young women and young men who are 18-20 are drinking alcohol, then it should be done responsibly. Going to the hospital because of alcohol is better than dying because of that reason.