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Facts About Binge Drinking

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.

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 related to binge drinking and the problems associated with such behavior.

Key Facts:
• 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 DUI’s 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.

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