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80,000 Deaths Each Year
ATLANTA - New estimates, release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought. Binge drinking is broken down as men drinking five or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time or women drinking four or more drinks within a short period of time.
More than 38 million US adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. This behavior greatly increases the chances of getting hurt or hurting others due to car crashes, violence, and suicide. Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes 80,000 deaths in the US each year and, in 2006 cost the economy $223.5 billion. Binge drinking is a problem in all states, even in states with fewer binge drinkers, because they are binging more often and in larger amounts.
Binge drinking is a dangerous and costly public health problem.
Binge drinking costs everyone.
posted January 11, 2011 6:00 am est
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