The nation binge drinks more than previously thought

New CDC report shows binge drinking a problem nationally

January 10, 2012|By Meredith Cohn

More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink four times a month, more than previously thought, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The reports says that young adults up to age 34 binge drink the most, but of the seniors who binge drink, they do more often, an average of five to six times a month. (Binge drinking is 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women in a short amount of time.)

It’s most common in people who household income is over $75,000 but those with incomes of less than $25,000 drink the most per occasion.

The percent of binge drinkers in each state varies from 10.9 percent in Utah to 25.6 percent in Wisconsin – Maryland fell in the middle at 16.8-18.6 percent. In general, binge drinking is most common in the Midwest, New England, Washington, D.C., Alaska and Hawaii.

CDC officials say this greatly increases the odds of health problems or injury, in the car or through violence or suicide. Drinking excessively leads to 80,000 deaths each year and costs $223.5 billion, as of 2006 data.

The CDC officials said the numbers are alarming and called for more community-based prevention programs.

For more information, go to the CDC’s Alcohol and Public Health website. For help from the national Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service call 1-800-662-HELP.

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