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Local numbers show large number or teens who drink are binging

A newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows underage drinking is continuing a downward trend.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- A newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows underage drinking is continuing a downward trend.

But of the kids who are drinking, a lot of them are binging.

“We see that a lot come, through the hospital. We see kids that do binge drink and overdo it and they're at the point of being seriously sick from it," said Marcia Stokoe.

Stokoe is a local nurse and has first-hand witnessed the devastating effects of underage drinking.

"It would be extremely scary to see your child like that,' said Stokoe.

That's why me she talks to her teens about the dangers.

A new CDC report shows underage drinking is going down, from 50 percent of teens drinking in the 1991 to 33 percent in 2015.

Even though local numbers mimic the trend, officials said binge drinking is a problem.

“Our healthy youth survey results in 2016 show that 20 percent of our 10th graders have used alcohol in the past 30 days. Of those, about 13 percent are binge drinking. That's a huge amount of binge drinking that is occurring over those 30 days," said Jennifer Dorsett with the Prosser Community Involvement and Action Coalition.

Experts said binge drinking is having six or more drinks over a short period of time.

"Kids can die from that. They can go into comas. They can get alcohol poisoning. It can induce vomiting. The health risks are extremely severe," said Dorsett.

Officials said to stop the trend, sit down with your kids-specially now in these high peak times for kids to drink with prom and graduation season in full swing and summer party months just around the corner.

“It's important for children to know that parents don't want their youth to be drinking. The number one reason why kids abstain from drinking is because parents give them the message that it's not okay," said Dorsett.

Our local survey also showed of the kids who are drinking, over half get into a car with someone else who's been drinking.

Here’s a helpful tool to help you talk to your kids.

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