American Journal of Preventative Medicine Publishes Study on Binge Drinking
A new study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shed light on patterns of binge drinking in the United States.
- U.S. adult binge drinkers consume about 17.5 billion total binge drinks annually, or about 470 binge drinks/binge drinker.
- Binge drinking typically results in acute impairment, and is a risk factor for a number of health and social problems, including unintentional injuries, interpersonal violence, suicide, alcohol poisoning, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, cancer, liver disease, and severe alcohol use disorder.
- Although binge drinking was most common among young adults aged 18–34 years, most of the total binge drinks were consumed by those aged [under] 25 years, and over half were consumed by adults aged [over] 35 years, underscoring that binge drinking is a problem across the lifespan.
- Binge drinking was also significantly more common among people with higher educational attainment and household incomes. However, the total annual number of binge drinks per binge drinker was substantially higher among those with lower educational levels and household incomes than among those with higher educational levels and household incomes.