Binge drinking, which is defined as consuming five or more drinks on an occasion, is responsible for about 44,000 deaths per year. This broadcast discusses the risks of binge drinking. Created: 4/3/2009 by MMWR.
Date Released: 4/9/2009. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Binge Drinking is Dangerous
Binge Drinking Among Adults — 14 States, 2004
April 9, 2009
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Binge drinking is dangerous. Binge drinking − which is defined as consuming five or more drinks on an occasion − is responsible for about 44,000 deaths per year. A recent CDC study found that binge drinking was most common among whites, males, persons aged 18-34, and those with household incomes of $50,000 or more. Binge drinkers tend to binge frequently and consume an average of eight drinks per binge. This huge exposure to alcohol in a single day is also linked to increased violence, heart attacks, suicides, and motor-vehicle crashes. So be smart and don’t binge drink.
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