WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Binge Drinking

By: John Lisk
By: John Lisk

The CDC calls binge drinking a major public health problem for teens and adults.

In today's Health Minute, John Lisk reports on its prevalence and the dangers.

Binge drinking is a serious health concern in America, and a new study indicates the practice remains all too common among teens and adults.

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four high school students, and adults ages 18 to 34, engaged in binge drinking.

Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks, for women, and five or more for men- consumed over about 2 hours. The percentage of binge drinking among American adults has not declined for more than 15 years. Fifteen percent of that group, or 33 million Americans, binge drink.

Alarmingly, two-thirds of kid drinkers are "binge drinkers."

The CDC based their research on self reporting surveys of more than 400-thousand U.S. Adults, and 16-thousand high school students.

According to the study, men are more than twice as likely as women to binge drink and it's more common among non-Hispanic whites than non-Hispanic blacks.

Excessive alcohol use, including binge drinking, is the third leading cause of preventable death in America - taking more than 79 thousand lives each year.

Binge drinkers put themselves at higher risk for fatal car crashes, drug overdoses, violence and contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Drinking in excess can also cause liver disease, increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and certain cancers.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm John Lisk.

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