Roughly 37 million adults binge drink once a week, averaging 7 drinks per binge.
Nationwide, adults put back around 17 billion binge drinks in 2015.
Those are startling - and disturbing - findings. This makes it as much of a concern, since there are many negative health repercussions and underlying problems associated with binge-drinking. He also highlighted the public health threat posed by incidences of vehicle crashes and interpersonal violence, as well as heightened risks for cancer and heart disease. While other substances, like opioids, take the spotlight most often, heavy alcohol consumption has been on the rise in recent years.
People in the United States are drinking a insane amount of alcohol, and that has major health ramifications for the country, an astonishing new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims.
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Binge drinking can result in unsafe driving, risky sexual behavior, and violent behavior.
Men were more likely to binge-drink compared to women.
The areas with fewer binge drinks were the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Washington. Binge drinking was defined as consuming four or more drinks per occasion for women, and five or more drinks per occasion for 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.
In a statement, CDC lead researcher Dr. Robert Brewer said that the trend is a disturbing one, as it offers further proof that binge drinkers in the USA might be putting themselves and other people at risk with their practice.
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Binge drinkers with lower household incomes (less than $25,000 a year) and lower educational levels (less than high school) consumed substantially more binge drinks per year than those with higher incomes and educational levels.
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The Mississippi River Valley Region - including Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky - had the highest number of binge drinks per adult; Hawaii was also near the top.
With the above figures in mind, CDC researcher Brewer said that there are several strategies that officials can utilize in order to curb the problem of binge drinking. "The findings also show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking, focusing on reducing both the number of times people binge drink and the amount they drink when they binge".
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Apart from trying to get to know how much the body can handle, the NIAAA suggests simply getting to know the alcohol content of the drink beforehand. The total federal and state taxes on alcoholic beverages, for example, is about 14 cents per drink, while the economic cost of excessive drinking is about $2 per drink.