HICKSVILLE - According to a new study, nearly 50 percent of teenagers say drinking excessive amounts of alcohol poses no great risk.

The study was released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the group behind the classic "This is your brain on drugs" ad.

Fifty-five percent of the responders said there is a great risk associated with having five or more drinks, while 45 percent said it wasn't dangerous.

"I know people who will just drink all day and they think it's fine," says Jaclyn Pistorino, a senior at Hicksville High School.

Drug and alcohol counselors, however, say drinking that much alcohol can have detrimental effects on a teen.

"For young people who start drinking before the age of 15, it multiplies their chance for addiction by six-fold," says Jeffery Reynolds, of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drugs.

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