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A recent study by the United Health Foundation ranked South Dakota as the "27 healthiest state in America".

South Dakota scored well for having low levels of pollution and infectious disease, but did not score well for having low immunization coverage and an abundance of binge drinking.

A group at Aberdeen Central High School is taking the score of high binge drinking to heart.

"It is a problem in our area for teenagers," Amanda Mages said. "It's tough for somebody to say no to peer pressure."

Mages is the president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, and is doing her best to set a good example for her peers.

"My hope is that I can live a healthy lifestyle and influence others to do that as well," Mages said.

S.A.D.D. has been at Aberdeen Central High School for 28 years and has 112 registered members this school year.

Jamie Milbrant with Worthmore Addiction Services agrees that there is a problem with South Dakotans abusing alcohol.

"Alcohol has always been a big issue," Milbrant said.  "For a while marijuana was prevalent, now we are seeing alcohol being abused again.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers binge drinking to consume more than five drinks in a two hour span.

"We see a lot of people coming to treatment for alcohol problems," Milbrant told KSFY News.  "Our goal is to get them what they need to live a long life."

South Dakota ranked 19th in the same study done by the United Health Foundation in 2011.


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