A study of adolescent health around the world found the United States had the highest mortality rate for people ages 10-to-24 of any high-income country in the world. American kids are tops in pot-smoking and second in alcohol consumption, however they still hit the gym harder than teens in other wealthy nations. It's all about Gym-Tan-Laundry. Except when it's about death. Death by gun or other violent methods is 20 times more likely in the U.S. than the other 27 wealthy nations, according to The Lancet.
The combo of traffic accidents and violent deaths boosted the U.S. to first-place position atop the mortality charts.
While Austria and Ireland have higher rates of binge drinking than the U.S., their drinking ages are lower. Most U.S. binge drinkers are underage.
Despite all the bad news regarding death and drink there was some good news in report. The numbers indicated that U.S. kids ages 13-15 exercised more than their global counterparts in high-income countries. The boys were No. 1 and the girls No. 2 in the rankings.
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