New York Times (01.11.12) - Friday, January 13, 2012
One in six Americans binge drink about four times a month, a
new CDC report shows. CDC defines binge drinking as consuming
four or more drinks per occasion for women, and five or more
drinks per occasion for men. The one-in-six consumed an
average of eight drinks per binge, said the report based on a
2010 survey of 457,677 Americans.
A large body of evidence shows binge drinking is associated
with health risks such as STDs, injuries, violence, and car
accidents, said report co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, head of
CDC's alcohol program.
Younger people tend to consume more in a sitting, while the
fewer older adults who binge did so more frequently. Of
adults ages 18-24, 28 percent reported binge drinking,
averaging four days per month. The young averaged 9.3 drinks
per binge. About 13 percent of people ages 45-64 reported
binging about five times a month, with about seven drinks in a
sitting. Of people age 65 and older, about 4 percent report
regular binge drinking, averaging 5.5 times a month.
Of men, 23.2 percent reported a binge of about nine drinks in
the past month, compared with 11.4 percent of women who
averaged 5.9 drinks per binge. Binge drinking prevalence rose
with household income: Binges were reported by about 20
percent of people earning $75,000+ annually. However, people
earning less binged more frequently and consumed more per
sitting. Binge drinking accounts for more than half of US
alcohol consumed by adults, and 90 percent consumed by youths.
"It's not just the usual suspects who are binge drinking,"
Brewer said. "This is not just a problem of high school kids
and college students. It's a problem across the lifespan."
The report, "Vital Signs: Binge Drinking Prevalence,
Frequency, and Intensity Among Adults - United States, 2010,"
was published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report