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Live from anywhere its Friday night time for the youth of America to rage Time also to get broasted buzzed catatonic messed up ripped screwed trashed wasted zoned out Time to put it in language older folks can understand to get totally hopelessly drunk Not at bars of course everywhere in America you have to be 21 to drink there -- legally that is -- and anyway its not the hip thing to do These days teenagers buy into keg parties at homes where parents have left town for the weekend where dangerous chugalug games are played to get booze and beer flowing into their system faster Or they hang out at impromptu one-night-only underground clubs that youthful entrepreneurs have set up in abandoned factories or warehouses with the same goal in mind Despite the fact that the nations per capita alcohol consumption has been on a decline for years drinking among minors in the words of Surgeon General Antonia Novello is out of control More specifically unsupervised parties where kids drink are out of control And the perception among parents that drinking is OK is out of control Were going to lose a whole generation if we dont pay attention A study issued by Novellos office last June showed that 8 million of the nations 207 million youths in grades 7 through 12 drink alcoholic beverages every week Of those kids 454000 admit to weekly binges -- meaning they consume five or more drinks in a single brief sitting Another study by the University of Michigan reports that almost one-third of high school seniors drink to excess at least once every two weeks And according to a survey prepared for USA Today 46 of student leaders say drinking is their high schools biggest problem followed by apathy Serious drinking is a fact of life says Phuong Nguyen senior-class president at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in a Washington suburb The problem isnt new nor is
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