BILL: “Young drunks invade emergency rooms,” ran a recent headline in our own NY Daily News. “…teenage binge drinking is a key culprit behind the number of ER visits, which have skyrocketed citywide from 7,958 in 2007 to 15,620 in 2011.” Dave, is booze making a comeback against pills, pot, meth and the other newer, and more glamorous forms of dope? DR. DAVE: Dr. Christopher McStay of Bellevue Hospital’s emergency department seems to reinforce that idea. “I certainly see really young people,” he says, “who drank enormous amounts of alcohol and have bad withdrawal.” I’m afraid we’re seeing the effect of the current war on Oxycontin. As we push hard against a new drug, there’s an up-tick back into binge drinking. BILL: Isn’t this the fourth or fifth “War on Drugs” you have been drafted into since your days manning the Rainbow Bus back on the streets of the University of Wisconsin back in the 70’s– DR. DAVE: How hopeful we were back then — pulling young adults on bad acid trips off the streets and into the soft lights, Moody Blues melodies and peer “talk downs” of our traveling counseling clinic. DRINKING IN MODERATION TIP BILL: And yet despite… Read full this story
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