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article imageMore than 30 million Americans are binge drinkers

By Owen Weldon     Jan 10, 2012 in World
A new government report shows that millions of Americans have a drinking problem, as more than 30 million Americans are considered binge drinkers.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that says more than 38 million Americans are binge drinkers who binge drink four times a month on average. The CDC also added that most of the people who binge drink are not considered alcoholics but the trend is still of great concern. This is because incidents such as violence, STDs and car accidents are associated with having too much to drink.
According to ABC, around 80,000 deaths in the U.S. are a result of too much drinking. Too much drinking has also cost the U.S. more than $223.5 billion back in 2006.
The director of the CDC is Ursula Bauer, and she announced the findings on Tuesday. She said that binge drinking is the third leading cause of death that can be prevented, according to CNN.
Bauer said that binge drinking is when women have four or more drinks on just one occasion, while binge drinking for men is defined by having five or more drinks on an occasion.
According to CBS, the report was first published back on January 10.458,000 Americans who were 18 and older were surveyed for the research. They were asked how much they drank in the last 30 days.
American’s who are college-age drink the most when they binge drink, according to the findings. College-age Americans drink an average of nine drinks on just one occasion. 18-34-year-olds make up the age group who binge drinks the most.
Americans 65 and older make up the age group who binge drinks the most often. 65-year-olds and over drink 5-6 times a month on average, according to the CDC.
The findings also suggest that location matters too. Binge drinking is most commonly found in Alaska, the Midwest, New England, Hawaii and Washington D.C., while binge drinkers who drink the most drinks are found in Arizona, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.
The CDC says that if somebody is going to drink then 1 drink per day for women is recommended, while no more than 2 drinks per day is recommended for men.
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