US Adults over 17 billion is Binge drinking, CDC study says

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

Some sobering new statistics about binge drinking in the U.S.

A binge drinker typically drinks about once a week, drinking seven drinks within two hours.

The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women in two hours.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is a phone survey that collects yearly data on health and risk behaviors of USA adults.

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That incorporates how long they drank, the normal number of beverages devoured and the biggest number of beverages they had on any one event. The researchers of the study found that 17% of the entire population of US adults, or a total of 37.4 million people, reported binge-drinking in the year 2015.

For binge consumers, 4 out of each 5 drinks were devoured by men. Most binge drinkers were located in Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Hawaii. That's about 14 billion of those 17.5 billion drinks, and they were drinking about twice as much as women.

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). The binge drinkers in the study aged 65 and older, for example, consumed an average of 435 binge drinks each year. A study published previous year found that high-risk drinking in the US increased by about 30 percent between 2001 and 2013.

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

Binge drinking can result in unsafe driving, risky sexual behavior, and violent behavior. "The findings also show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking".

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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. More dangerously, the higher risks alcohol poisoning, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease - like heart attack and stroke - cancer and liver diseases like cirrhosis.

Participants were asked several questions in the survey, such as how often they drank, how many drinks they consumed on average, and the most number of drinks they consumed in one sitting.

His recommendations: doctors need to screen for alcohol dependence, but more is needed from a community and policy standpoint. 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.

Najibah Rehman, MD, MPH, is a third-year Preventive Medicine Resident at the University of MI, working in the ABC News Medical Unit.

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