Binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thoughtMore than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink an average of four times a month and the most drinks they consume on average is eight, according to a new report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink an average of four times a month and the most drinks they consume on average is eight, according to a new report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While binge drinking is more common among young adults ages 18–34, of those age 65 and older who report binge drinking, they do so more often – an average of five to six times a month.
Binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes of $75,000 or more, but the largest number of drinks consumed per occasion is significantly higher among binge drinkers with household incomes of less than $25,000 – an average of eight to nine drinks, the Vital Signs report said.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion. Binge drinkers also put themselves and others at risk for many health and social problems, including car crashes, other unintentional injuries, violence, liver disease, certain cancers, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and both unintended and alcohol–exposed pregnancies, the CDC said.
Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes more than 80,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third leading preventable cause of death, and was responsible for more than $223.5 billion in economic costs in 2006. Over half of these deaths result from injuries that disproportionately involve young people.