1 in 6 adults in the United States binge drink
January 10th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
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Binge drinking is a bigger problem in the United States than previously thought. Adults binge drink more frequently and consume more drinks when they do, according to the CDC.

Ursula Bauer, Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, announced the findings during a telebriefing Tuesday. “Excessive alcohol consumption, including binge drinking, accounts for 80,000 deaths in the U.S. each year,” she said, “making it the third leading preventable cause of death.” Those deaths are typically the result of motor vehicle crashes or violence against others while under the influence.

“Binge drinking,” said Bauer, “is defined as consuming four or more drinks on an occasion for women and five or more drinks on an occasion for men.” The new numbers from the CDC's January Vital Signs report reveal that 1 in 6 adults in the United States binge drink, usually 4 times per month, and consume an average of 8 drinks per occasion.

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  1. Chris

    So that means I can only have like 3 high gravity beers before I'm "binge" drinking? Oh well, time to binge!

    January 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Who defines this stuff? So anytime anyone gets drunk they were binge drinking? Then about 80% of America is guilty of that.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  3. beenz

    I'm from ND.. binge drinking is the official state sport!

    January 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  4. flapjack

    Beer smear.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply
  5. LEAVE MY BEER ALONE

    LISTEN UP PEOPLE TAKE THE BEER HOME YOU CAN SMOKE THERE AND HIT THE COUCH INSTEAD OF THE PAVEMENT

    January 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  6. hamsta

    the war on drugs kills people everyday.look at whats going on at the border.they should legalize marijuana.alot of people would stop drinking and get stoned instead.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  7. Johnny Walker

    And 5 out of 6 adult Americans have a lot of catching up to do.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Nikore

      +1

      January 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  8. Co-ed Dormer

    Shup n gimme nother *urp* beer.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply

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