Binge Drinking has been an increasing concern and it now appears that this has become an even bigger issue than previously thought. When a woman consumes four or more drinks or a male consumes 5 or more drinks over a short period of time, this is classified as binge drinking. It is estimated that roughly 38 million adults in the Unites States binge drink 4 times each month. On average, the most amount of drinks consumed is eight. This is double the amount required by women to be classified as binge drinking.
Binge Drinking Facts
- Most drivers under the influence of alcohol are binge drinkers
- Most binge drinkers are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent
- More than half of the alcohol consumed is done through binge drinking
- Over 90% of alcohol consumed by minors is through binge drinking
The Costs of Binge Drinking
- Binge drinking cost the United States over 223 billion dollars in 2006 from losses in health care, productivity, crime and other expenses.
- Over 80,000 deaths are the result of binge drinking in the United States each year.
- In 2006, federal and state revenue from taxes on alcohol averaged 12 cents per drink while the damages of binge drinking costed the government 62 cents per drink.
- Binge drinking leads to over 54 different diseases and injuries such as violence, car crashes, liver disease, forms of cancer, heart disease, stroke and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Those who choose to binge drink are at a significantly higher risk of getting sick or dying from alcohol related issues. To help stop the threat of binge drinking from continuing to rise you should support the legal drinking age, follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines on alcohol consumption and simply choose not to binge drink or encourage others to do so.
Are you worried about yourself or a loved one developing a drinking problem? At ARCpoint Labs of Elk Grove Village, we are more than happy to answer any questions or provide your family with more information.