June 28, 2022

Binge Drinking a Serious Health Issue

Binge Drinking

Study Ties Binge Drinking to Health Problems

According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a quarter of secondary school students as well as 18 to 34 year-olds in the U.S. inviting serious health problems by indulging in harmful binge drinking.

The CDC study also observed that of the drinkers studied, nearly 1/3 of adults and 60% of students drink alcohol at binge levels.

For women, having 4 or more alcoholic beverages during a short period of time. For men, binge drinkers are considered to be those who have 5 or more drinks over a short period of time.

CDC alcohol program leader, Robert Brewer, stated that binge drinkers are usually not alcoholics but they take part in the risky behavior without understanding the consequences of their actions and impact on their health. He encouraged state and local communities to take steps to discourage binge drinking.

The new reportĀ  also showed that men are much more likely to engage in binge drinking than women, and that binging on alcohol is a more common practice among whites (16%) than blacks (10%).

The data was collected from self reports of binge drinking for over 400,000 adultsĀ  and 16,000 high school students.

The findings fluctuated considerably depending upon the state being surveyed. Reports of binge drinking for adults ranging from a low of 6.8% in Tennessee to a high of 23.9% in Wisconsin.

Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the CDC, added that binge drinking exacerbates numerous health risks such as dating violence, drug overdoses, the spread of sexually transmitted disease and fatal car crashes.

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