by Danny Gruber
C-H staff writer
LEXINGTON – The monthly coalition meeting of Project Extra Mile gathered Tuesday at the Lexington Public Library to listen to a presentation by guest speakers from Two Rivers Public Health Department on the correlation between youth alcohol use and the rise in sexually transmitted diseases.
Citing statistics for Nebraska from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for Nebraska, Heather Easton and Kerrey Miller, educators from Two Rivers, reported that teens are reporting higher levels of sexual activity, and consequently suffering from higher rates of STDs than they have in the past.
This rise in activity, according to the data, is due to a higher instance of alcohol use among teens, making them susceptible to impairment in judgment.
In the YRBS data, more than 29 percent of high school students reported binge drinking 30 days prior to the survey. Of those, 41 percent went on to have sex afterward.