More than 130 million people drink alcohol in the USA, even though alcohol negatively affects the human body. Despite the consequences and health problems that come with consuming too much alcohol, there are a number of people who are binge drinkers in the USA. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), binge drinking is the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the U.S. Binge drinking can be just as damaging as chronic alcohol consumption and can lead to liver disease, alcohol poisoning, and neurological damage. For a female, the definition of binge drinking is consuming four or more alcoholic drinks in a row. For a male, consuming five or more drinks would constitute binge drinking.
When you say the words “binge drinking”, most people probably think about high school or college parties. They might picture young men in a fraternity who spend all of their time drinking alcohol. However this is not the case, according to the statistics. The CDC reports 70% of binge drinking is done by adults 26 years and older, binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to drive impaired than non-binge drinkers, and more than half of the alcohol consumed by adults is from binge drinking. Binge drinking is more common amongst households with incomes of $75,000+ and adults over 65 report binge drinking more often that people in the 18 to 34 year-old population. Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent, which means they don’t have withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking.
Binge drinking is a damaging and destructive habit. More than 38 million U.S. adults are considered to be binge drinkers, which equates to about 1 in 6 people. Most binge drinkers consume alcohol an average of 4 times per month. Binge drinking is not limited to just men. A recent U.S. News article reported 1 in 8 women in the U.S. are binge drinkers and 20% of high school girls binge drink. Aaron White, Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said, “alcoholism is a very insidious disease in that it can creep up on you if you’re not vigilant. So this level of binge drinking if it’s left unchecked, for a lot of people, could lead to alcoholism.”
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