Listen to the Health Risks of Binge Drinking

New estimates show that binge drinking* is a bigger problem than previously thought. More than 38 million US adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. This behavior greatly increases the chances of getting hurt or hurting others due to car crashes, violence, and suicide. Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes 80,000 deaths in the US each year and, in 2006 cost the economy $223.5 billion. Binge drinking is a problem in all states, even in states with fewer binge drinkers, because they are binging more often and in larger amounts.

  • 1 in 6: More than 38 million US adults binge drink.
  • 4X: Binge drinkers do so about 4 times a month.
  • 8: The largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8.

Binge drinking is a bigger problem than we thought.

  • Binge drinking is about more than just the number of binge drinkers. The amount and number of times binge drinkers drink are also important to address.
    • Age group with most binge drinkers: 18-34 years
    • Age group that binge drinks most often: 65+ years
    • Income group with most binge drinkers: more than $75,000
    • Income group that binge drinks the most often and drinks most per binge: less than $25,000
  • Most alcohol-impaired drivers binge drink.
  • Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics.
  • More than half of the alcohol adults drink is while binge drinking.
  • More than 90% of the alcohol youth drink is while binge drinking.

Source: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Last Updated: 2015-09-26

Binge Drinking Is Very Dangerous
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