New study shows that the highest binge-drinking rates have been reported by Arkansas. The Natural State smashed all records when it comes to the annual number of alcoholic drinks per person: 841.
The next in line are Mississippi with 831 drinks, Kentucky with 652 drinks, and Hawaii with 611. The national average stood at 467 per the residents who reported themselves binge drinkers. The state with the lowest binge-drinking rates was Washington (316).
Senior author Dr. Robert Brewer noted that binge drinking is a health hazard as binge drinkers drink so much that they put their health at risk. The latest study was based on data collected in 2015. CDC published the findings Friday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Americans Consume 17 Billion Drinks Every Year
The study also calculated the number of drinks on average across a population. The state with the highest number of drinks per adult was North Dakota (128), while the state with the lowest number of drinks per adult was Utah (46). Nationwide, Americans consumed 17 billion drinks in 2015.
Study authors were interested in better understanding binge drinking as a national phenomenon. Official guidelines consider men to have a binge drinking problem if they drink more than five drinks in two hours. In women, the threshold slips to four or more drinks in two hours.
Binge drinking is also a problem for the society at large since it can lead to impaired drinking, sexual violence, and higher cancer and heart disease rates. Around more than a half of alcohol-induced deaths in the nation are caused by heavy drinking.
In the U.S. 17% of the adult population reported being binge-drinkers. This means that around 37.4 million adult Americans have a serious drinking problem. Respondents said that they engage in binge drinking only 53 times per year, on average.
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