Binge drinking is a serious problem in the United States. Results of a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicate adults binge drank more than 17 billion drinks – 470 per drinker – in 2015.
Binge drinking is defined excessive alcohol consumption in a short amount of time – five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women within a two-hour period. According to the CDC, about 1 in 6 American adults (37 million people) binge drink about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge.
Although binge drinking is more common among adults 18 to 34, more than half of binge drinking is done by people over 35. Binge drinking can lead to impaired driving, risky sexual behavior, and violence and, over time, it increases the risk for serious health problems like cancer, heart disease, and liver damage, and death.