Binge-Drinking A Growing Problem In America

Beer displayed inside an Indiana convenience store

Beer displayed inside an Indiana convenience store

The CDC linked 88,000 deaths directly to alcohol use each year and half of those are due to binge drinking.

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Americans are no strangers to boozing it up, according to a new study that found that one in six United States adults are binge drinkers. Indeed, binge drinkers average 53 episodes per year - or one a week - and consume an average of seven drinks during each occasion.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is a telephone review that gathers yearly information on wellbeing and risk practices of US grown-ups.

A report from ABC News explained the methodologies used by the CDC in the new study, as the agency's researchers, for the first time, collected data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In all, the study found there were a staggering 17.5 billion binge drinks consumed per year. Total annual binge drinks was calculated by multiplying the estimated total number of binge drinking episodes among binge drinkers by the average largest number of drinks consumed per episode, and was assessed by age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and state.

For binge drinkers, 4 out of every 5 drinks were consumed by men. Men accounted for nearly three-quarters of the total binge-drinking episodes in 2015 and consumed 80 percent of the 17.5 billion total binge drinks. It is more common among young adults between the ages of 18 and 34.

Those with household incomes under $25,000 and lower educational levels drank more than more affluent and better-educated adults, the study, which was published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found. Chronic binge drinkers can develop a dangerously high tolerance resulting in increased consumption, withdrawal symptoms and even death by alcohol poisoning.

In accordance with a new study, the rate of binge-drinking of Kentucky has been one of the highest in the country.

The areas with fewer binge drinks were the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

Binge drinking was most prevalent among whites (19 percent), followed by American Indians/Alaska Natives (18 percent), Hispanics (16 percent), blacks (13 percent) and people of Asian/Pacific Islander backgrounds (10 percent). In fact, four out of five binge drinks were found to be consumed by males. "The findings also show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking". Binge drinking can lead to drunk driving, accidents, violence, and risky sexual behavior. The ones that are most effective, they say, are raising the tax on alcohol, regulating who can sell alcohol (particularly limiting the density of places where alcohol is sold) and making businesses that serve alcohol liable for injuries caused by customers who become intoxicated on their premises.

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