Binge Drinking Is More Common in the United States than Formerly Thought

The CDC released a new report that claims 38 million U.S. adults binge drink an average of four times a month and the most drinks they consume on average is eight. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women on one occasion. The CDC estimates that binge drinking causes more than 80,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third leading preventable cause of death. In 2006, binge drinking was responsible for more than $223.5 billion in economic costs. It is also most common in the Midwest, New England, the District of Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii, the report stated.


“Binge drinking causes a wide range of health, social and economic problems and this report confirms the problem is really widespread,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We need to work together to implement proven measures to reduce binge drinking at national, state and community levels.”


The CDC also notes that binge drinking by adults can set a poor example for underage youth. “We need to reduce binge drinking by adults to prevent the immediate and long–term effects it has on the health of adults and youth,” said Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. See the CDC announcement.