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Boozed-Up Boys Visit the ER Twice as Much on July 4th Weekend

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The holiday weekend is almost here -- a time to celebrate the nation's birthday with parades, barbecues, fireworks and yes, booze.
A new study shows that alcohol-related visits to the emergency room more than doubles among underaged boys on the Fourth of July weekend compared to the rest of the month.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that on the July 4th holiday weekend in 2009, an average of 942 people under the age of 21 visited the ER with alcohol-related issues. The majority of them, 622, were males.
Less than one-third of the visits, 304, were by underaged females. Their trips to the hospital ER do not spike, but remain steady in July.
To discourage underage drinking,  the organization says parents should be very clear about their disapproval of the behavior. They advise parents to discuss alcohol with their children early and often.
For help with a plan of action, parents can go to
Getting the message across to their children now could prevent a holiday celebration from turning into a tragedy.

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