Binge drinking is a term that means the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men, or four or more drinks in a row by women that occurs at least once in the previous two weeks. Some people think binge drinking is not a problem. In fact, many people feel they are “just partying” when drinking heavily in one sitting. Perhaps they are just partying, or maybe they are doing a bit more than partying… maybe they are binge drinking. Here are some key facts about binge drinking and the problems associated with such behavior.
Key Facts About Binge Drinking:
- Most people who binge drink are not alcoholics.
- Over half of the alcohol consumed by adults is consumed while binge drinking.
- The age group with the most binge drinkers: 18-34 years old.
- The age group that most often binge drinks: 65 years or older.
- Average income group with the most binge drinkers: over $75,000.
- Average income group that binge drinks the most and drinks the most alcohol when bingeing: under $25,000.
- Most DUIs occur from binge drinking.
Costs Associated With Binge Drinking:
- Binge drinking costs $746 per person in the United States alone every year for health care costs, crime and lost wages at work.
- Binge drinking costs an estimated 62 cents per drink for federal and state governments, even though taxes only totaled 12 cents per drink.
- Binge drinking contributes to more than 54 different injuries and illnesses, including car accidents, acts of violence and STD’s.
- The chance of dying from binge drinking is greater than the chance of dying from moderate drinking.