WASHINGTON – Adults in the United States who binge drink are consuming even more alcohol per bingeing episode, according to a new study published last week.
Researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed six years’ worth of data from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system.
They found the annual number of binge drinks among adults who reported excessive drinking jumped 12-percent in the last few years, from an average of 472 in 2011 to an average of 529 in 2017.
Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as five drinks or more on a single occasion for men and four or more in one sitting for women.
Binge drinking has serious health risks including, car accidents, domestic violence, STDS, unintentional pregnancy, stroke, and heart and liver disease.