Teen Binge Drinking at Chicago’s Annual Lollapalooza Music Festival continues to trend down – says a new report

After peaking in 2014, the number of drunk teens ending up in Chicago Emergency Rooms (ERs) dropped dramatically during the music festival, Lollapalooza.  A study led by pediatric specialists at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago shows that the number of ER visits for underage drinkers, ages 13 to 20, peaked in 2014 at 213 ER visits to 100 in 2018, a 53 percent decrease.

“However, teenage drinking during this event is still too high — 5 times higher than a normal Chicago weekend so we still have work to do.” Robert Tanz, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital

A link to the informational release from Lurie Children’s Hospital is HERE