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Binge Drinking In America

By on Nov 9, 2012 in Blog, Boulder Colorado Law Advice Blogs | 0 comments

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Binge Drinkers: Not Who You Would Assume

Research has shown that roughly once a week, 1 in 6 Americans goes on a drinking binge. This means that over the course of a few hours, a person will have consumed nearly 8 alcoholic beverages. If this does not seem like a lot to you, perhaps you need to count yourself among them.

Generally, in the past you would assume college students, and people in their 20s, would be those most likely to partake in binge drinking. However, that is not the case anymore. It’s estimated that around 36% of those that binge drink are 35 years and older. The more surprising part is that these older people more frequently binge drink compared to their younger counterparts.

A Few Statistics:

  • 13% of those between the ages of 45 – 64 binge drink about 5 times a month.
  • 4% of those aged 65 and older binge drink about 5.5 times a month.
  • 28% of those between the ages of 18 – 24 binge drink about 4 times a month.

So what these results show is that of those that do binge drink regularly, older people binge drink more frequently. Though the number of old people may not be higher, meaning a greater percentage of younger people binge drink, just not as frequently.

Men Vs. Women

Binge drinking is about twice as common among men than women. 23% of men drink about nine alcoholic drinks at a time. Whereas only 11.4% of women consume around 5.9 drinks per sitting. There are a few things that could explain this. But the one main one is that men naturally can consume more alcohol than a women of equal weight and height.

Drinking Your Woes Away

Income also plays a roll in binge drinking. Though you may think that more money allows for more drinking, however that is not the case. 20% of people who earn $75,000 or more anually binge drink. Where as those with lower income binge drink in greater amounts and more frequently. The obvious conclusion that can made from this, is those that make less money, simply have more problems to wash away.

Alcohol Sales

An interesting point to binge drinking is that of all the alcohol consumed, binge drinking accounts for more than half of all alcohol consumed by adults and a frightening 90% of the alcohol consumed by youths. So it can safely be assumed that alcohol sales are largely impacted by binge drinking. There are less people listening to the “drink responsibly” warnings in ads than we may hoped.

Deaths Caused by Binge Drinking

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that due to binge drinking, more than half are associated with the 80,000 deaths that are due to excessive drinking. That’s roughly 40,000 people who die every year due to excessive drinking. This can be a result of alcohol poisoning, or accidents caused by being impaired, such as car accidents.

So with these facts in mind, perhaps if you believe you are one to binge, or know someone that does, it may be time to reflect a little. Alcohol should be something enjoyed in moderation. How often do you see someone that is too drunk, and you think that they can’t hold their liquor and are acting a fool? Well next time your finishing off your 5th, 6th, or 7th drink, remember that perhaps it is this time you are looking like a fool.

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