Binge Drinking is a Bigger Problem than Previously Thought
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking too much at one time has become a bigger problem than previously thought. More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink around 4 times per month. The largest number of drinks per time is [on average] 8.
It is defined by men drinking 5 or more alcoholic beverages within a short period of time, or women drinking 4 or more beverages within a short period of time. It is not just a problem for college age party goers. More than half of the alcohol adults drink is while binge drinking.
There are many steps that can be taken to help prevent binge drinking in our communities. Community leaders and members are encouraged to connect with their Regional Prevention Coordinator. Doing this helps develop coalitions that build partnerships among schools, community and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, health care, and public health agencies. Download our free printable version of these steps.
Age Group with the Most Binge Drinkers: 18-34
Age Group that Binge Drinks Most Often: 65+
Income Group with Most Binge Drinkers: More than $75,000
Income Group that Binge Drinks the Most Often and Drinks the Most Per Binge: Less than $25,000
Personal Steps Can also be Taken to Avoid Binge Drinking:
- Be aware of the health consequences of binge drinking. Being aware of the problems associated with binge drinking is an important part of making a clear decision to overcome it.
- Avoid situations and possible triggers for binge drinking. Try to stay away from parties where drinking alcohol is the main focus of the event. Avoid participating in drinking competitions or games.
- Understand what a standard drink is. Be aware that most often the size served is larger than a recommended serving size.
- Consume slowly. Only take a few sips of your beverage at a time. Do not drink multiple drinks in an hour. Your body absorbs alcohol more than 90 minutes after your last sip, and you may not realize how
your body is affected right away.
- Choose to drink soda or other non-alcoholic beverages.
- Go out with friends who have similar consumption limits in mind. Friends bring a lot of peer pressure to the situation. Choose friends who respect your limits and choose to not binge drink.
- Stay away from alco-pops. Alco-pops contain a lot of sugar so they taste and drink like traditional soda beverages. It is all too easy to drink large amounts of these in a short amount of time.
- Remember that alcohol, while socially condoned as a recreational drug, is not a competition, nor is it a way to look cool.
Ultimately increased awareness and understanding of the effects of this problem will help sway society to healthier behaviors. Parents and adults are encouraged to talk with kids and their community about the negative effects of binge drinking. If you or a loved one may be struggling with an addiction to alcohol, then contact us today at 1-800-862-1453. Download our free printable version.Request More Information
Source: Binge Drinking: Nationwide problem, local solutions. (2012, January). Vital Signs. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/BingeDrinking/?s_cid=tw_cdc1118