Binge-Drinking A Growing Problem In America

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that adults are binging on booze far more than we thought.

According to CDC, binge drinking is the cause of more than half the 88,000 deaths due to alcohol in the USA per annum. The data says each American adult consumed about 470 drinks in 2015. It is defined as five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, within two hours.

A new government study reveals that in 2015 American adults drank more than 17-billion alcoholic beverages while binge drinking.

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A co-author on the study, Dr. Robert Brewer said in a news release that the study showed the binge drinkers to be consuming a huge number of drinks per year thereby greatly increasing their chances of harming themselves and the others.

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. They drink an average of about seven drinks per binge, meaning they chug a collective 17.5 billion drinks each year. In other words, older drinkers don't binge drink as often, but they tend to really hit the bottle when they do. He said that USA officials could increase alcohol taxes, restrict the number of days or hours in which establishments can sell alcohol, hold businesses culpable for illegally serving underage or intoxicated customer, and place limits on the number of outlets that could sell alcohol in a given location. The study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Chronic binge drinkers can develop a dangerously high tolerance resulting in increased consumption, withdrawal symptoms and even death by alcohol poisoning.

Binge drinking, typically associated with college culture, means to consume a large quantity of alcohol within a short span of time which brings the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or above.

The biggest bingers were non-Hispanic whites (19.2%) and American Indians/Alaska Natives (17.9%).

Binge drinkers consumed the most alcohol in Arkansas (an average of 841 drinks per binge drinker per year) and the least in Washington, D.C. (317). The CDC's analysis marked a better understanding of binge drinking.

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 dangers of binge drinking can range from social issues like unintentional injuries, interpersonal violence and suicide.

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