The Growing Epidemic of Binge Drinking in the United States

Posted on January 26, 2012



The Growing Epidemic of Binge Drinking in the United States

Recent estimates done by groups that measure binge drinking have argued that the problem is more serious than recently thought. A staggering 38 million US adults binge drink, occasionally 4 times a month. Reports show that the largest amount of drinks consumed is at about 8 drinks.

This can lead to many negative outcomes such as higher rates of car crashes, violence and suicide all correlating with the number of binge drinkers. Last year there were 80,000 deaths across America caused by binge drinkers. This is a problem in every state regardless of the amount that binges. The age group which binge drinks the most 18-34. An astounding figure to look at is the under 18 age group is at 90 percent of alcohol consumed is while binge drinking.

Most binge drinkers are not alcoholics. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. They achieve this rate in about 2 hours. The implication is that there are consequences for those who binge drink which are more harmful than one realizes. The health problems for people who binge drink are much higher than those who do not. A list of problems such as STDs, high blood pressure, stroke and neurological damage are all associated with binge drinking. Overall this does more harm to one’s body/life then even he or she can image.

Organizations who would like to address this issue may want to take a look at The Community Guide which recommends several community-based strategies for preventing binge drinking. There are all sorts of benefits to stop binge drinking. Find out what your community can do and how can better yourself and the community.

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